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Murdoch’s World by David Folkenflik

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THE YARD

THE EXPLOSIVE CHARGES UNLEASHED BY the blockbuster Guardian piece were not limited to hacking. They also placed Murdoch’s tabloid papers at the center of a related corruption scandal that not only threatened his journalists but wreaked great damage at Scotland Yard.

Few of the illegal acts taken by the tabloids could have been accomplished without the active involvement of the police throughout the ranks. Similarly, the reporters and editors and their investigators practicing journalism in the shadows could never have gotten away with hacking “on an industrial scale” had senior police officials not decided that allegations of wrongdoing ...

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