Murdochs Refuse to Testify Before Parliament

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rupert Murdoch sits alongside Les Hinton (L)(rear) Andy Coulson News of The World editor, and Rebekah Brooks, editor of The Sun in the service at St Brides Church, June 15, 2005, in London, England. (Graeme Robertson/Getty Images/Getty)

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch and his son James — also a News Corporation executive — are refusing to appear before the British Parliament's Commons Culture Select Committee to respond to allegations of illegal practices at their News International newspaper publishing group. Both Murdochs are American citizens, and therefore cannot be compelled to testify before Parliament. Rebekah Brooks, the embattled News International executive, who is a British subject, has agreed to appear, though she is not expected to be cooperative. Meanwhile, Neil Wallis, another former News of the World editor, has been arrested by Scotland Yard.

John Fisher Burns, London bureau chief of The New York Times, has the latest developments, and talks about whether the Murdochs' troubles will follow them home to America.

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