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Dial M for Murdoch : News Corporation and the corruption of Britain

Author: Thomas Watson; Martin Hickman
Publisher: New York : Blue Rider Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Provides a connected account of the wrongdoings over the last decade at News International, the extraordinary lengths to which News Corporation covered up the corruption, and how the corporation was finally exposed.
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Named Person: Rupert Murdoch
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Watson; Martin Hickman
ISBN: 9780399162633 0399162631
OCLC Number: 793720829
Description: xix, 359 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Dramatis personae --
The wrong headlines --
Wapping's news factory --
The dark arts --
First heads roll --
Rogue defence --
The Manchester lawyers --
One determined reporter --
Intimidating Parliament --
A murder --
Our man in Downing Street --
Losing a battle --
Out of control --
U-turn at Wapping --
Summer's lease --
A missing girl --
Sky plus --
"We are sorry" --
Democracy day --
Assault on the establishment --
The ghosts of Wapping --
The press on trial --
Darker and darker --
Appendix 1: Individuals in Glenn Mulcaire's notes --
Appendix 2: Arrests.
Responsibility: Thomas Watson and Martin Hickman.

Abstract:

Provides a connected account of the wrongdoings over the last decade at News International, the extraordinary lengths to which News Corporation covered up the corruption, and how the corporation was finally exposed.

Dial M for Murdoch uncovers the inner workings of one of the most powerful companies in the world: how it came to exert a poisonous, secretive influence on public life in Britain; how it has used its huge power to bully, intimidate, and cover up; and how its exposure has changed the way we look at our politicians, our police service, and our press. Rupert Murdoch's newspapers had been hacking phones and casually destroying people's lives for years, but it was only after a seemingly trivial report in 2005 about Prince William's knee that detectives stumbled on a criminal conspiracy. A five-year cover-up then concealed and muddied the truth. Dial M for Murdoch gives the first comprehensive account of the extraordinary lengths to which the Murdoch-controlled News Corporation went to "put the problem in a box" (in James Murdoch's words), and of how its efforts to maintain and extend its power were aided by its political and police friends, and how it was finally exposed. The book details the smears and threats against politicians, journalists, and lawyers. It reveals the existence of brave insiders who pointed those pursuing the investigation toward pieces of secret information that cracked open the case. Seeing the story whole, as it is presented here for the first time, allows the character of the Murdoch-run News Corporation to emerge unmistakably. You will hardly believe it.

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