FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
Calls On DOJ To Take Further Action And For Congress To Hold Hearings
Washington, DC -- Today, in response to reports that the FBI had opened a review of allegations that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. attempted to obtain phone records of victims of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, Media Matters Senior Adviser and Director of NewsCorpWatch.org Ilyse Hogue released the following statement:
We commend the FBI for looking into the allegations that News Corp. employees used phone hacking on the families of 9-11 victims. We think all Americans agree that if this occurred, it is abhorrent and that those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. This is a welcome first step in discovering just how far this scandal goes and whether the company's proven record of breaching the public trust has affected us in the United States.
However, there is much more to be done. It's been reported that News Corp. broke the law when they bribed policemen in the United Kingdom. This would be a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and needs to be pursued separately by the Department of Justice.
Additionally, thousands have signed our petition calling on Congress to hold public hearings, ensuring that Americans can trust the investigations.
We look forward to both of these things happening soon.
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