Phone hacking: MPs ‘were misled’ by James Murdoch
James Murdoch was accused by two former senior executives at the News of the World of misleading Parliament over his knowledge of the extent of phone hacking at the newspaper.
By Robert Winnett, and Christopher Hope
10:13PM BST 21 Jul 2011
The former editor of the tabloid and its lawyer said that in 2009 they told Mr Murdoch, the chairman of News International, about evidence suggesting phone hacking was not limited to a single “rogue” reporter.
Appearing before MPs earlier this week, Mr Murdoch said that he had not been aware of the evidence at the time, a statement which has now been called into question by two men who claim they told him personally.
MPs announced that Mr Murdoch would have to explain the alleged discrepancy in his evidence to their committee. Misleading a parliamentary committee is potentially a criminal offence.