Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation will not face any charges in the US in relation to phone hacking and payments to public officials by News of the World journalists in the UK, the company said. “News Corporation was notified by the United States Department of Justice that it has completed its investigation of voicemail interception and payments to public officials in London and is declining to prosecute the company or 21st Century Fox,” the company said in a regulatory filing. The company had faced the threat of an investigation under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which bans US companies from attempting to bribe foreign officials. Gerson Zweifach, general counsel for both News Corp and 21st Century Fox, Murdoch’s film and TV business, said: “We are grateful that this matter has been concluded and acknowledge the fairness and professionalism of the Department of Justice throughout this investigation.” It is understood there has been no background settlement with the Department of Justice in order to avoid a full-blown investigation, contrary to speculation in New York over a year ago that the company was looking at a possible payment of over $850m. The Department of Justice (DoJ) said: “Based upon the information […]
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