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News Corp. executive editor charged with bribery

The Sun’s Fergus Shanahan allegedly authorized payments to a public official

And now for an update in the News Corp. saga.

Fergus Shanahan, the executive editor at the media conglomerate’s Sun tabloid, is charged with authorizing bribes to public officials in exchange for information. The bribery involved two payments totaling more than $10,000 between 2006 and 2007. According to the Washington Post, Shanahan is scheduled to appear in court on May 8. Bloomberg reports that Shanahan is the 13th person charged as part of the bribery probe.

The charges against Shanahan are the latest development in ongoing criminal investigations into hacking and corruption at News Corp. The scandal came to light in 2011 when journalists at the company’s News of the World tabloid stood accused of hacking into the phone messages of various U.K. citizens, including celebrities, a young murder victim and political figures. Since then, News Corp. has faced an onslaught of litigation and has settled some of the claims.

Read more InsideCounsel coverage about the News Corp. scandal:

News Corp. settles with celebs; faces 100 more hacking suits

Hugh Grant, Charlotte Church’s priest sue News Corp.

News Corp. GC named new head of hacking investigation committee

Prosecutors charge former News Corp. exec in hacking scandal

News of the World hacked more than 1,000 peoples’ phones

Blogger/detective sues News Corp.’s Times newspaper for hacking his email

Phone-hacking victims may sue News Corp. in U.S. courts

News Corp. settles hacking claims with 36 victims

Victims get access to evidence in newspaper’s phone hacking scandal

Shareholders accuse News Corp. of corruption and espionage

New details arise in News Corp. phone-hacking scandal

News Corp. shareholders amend complaint to reflect phone-hacking scandal


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