Current, former Sun journalists suspected to have bribed police
London’s Metropolitan Police this weekend arrested four News International journalists on suspicion of bribing police, along with one officer, as the U.K. phone hacking probe continues unabated.
News Corp. said in a statement Saturday that the arrests of four current and former employees of The Sun newspaper in so-called Operation Elveden resulted from information it provided to police, who also raided the paper’s offices.
News Corp. last July set up an internal Management and Standards Committee to review all titles run by its U.K. subsidiary and “proactively cooperate with law enforcement and other authorities if potentially relevant information arose at those titles,” the media conglom said.
“As a result of that review, which is ongoing, the MSC provided information to the Elveden investigation which led to today’s arrests.” News Corp. said it couldn’t comment on the nature of the information.
It said it also provided the option of immediate legal representation to the four arrested staffers.
News Corp. shuttered the News of the World, the first paper implicated, last summer at the height of the scandal.
News International CEO Tom Mockridge said in an email to staff that the division “is confronting past mistakes and is making fundamental changes about how we operate.”
“Despite this very difficult news, we are determined that News International will emerge a stronger and more trusted organization,” he wrote.
The arrests, according to news reports, include The Sun’s crime editor Mike Sullivan, its head of news Chris Pharo, former deputy editor Fergus Shanahan and former managing editor Graham Dudman, now a training director at News International.
Thirteen people have been arrested in the investigation but none charged.