The all-powerful media mogul
The hearing broadcast live on television did not make any revelations, but the sensation was at the meeting when a young man broke with a plate full of shaving cream that were projected onto the patriarch of 8O years. Stopped in its tracks by a swing of the right to Wendi, the young wife of Mr. Murdoch, he was promptly evacuated, handcuffed by police.
"I've never felt so humble in my life," had stated in its preamble the founder of News Corp transcontinental., Summoned with his youngest son by the ten members of the media committee of the House of Commons. Re: tapping on a large scale would have practiced for over 10 years the News of the World (NotW), tabloid flagship of the group in the UK.
"To be clear, to violate the privacy of people by hacking into their email is wrong. Pay police for information is wrong," added Rupert Murdoch after three hours of questioning fed.
The Patriarch responded most often with short sentences and sometimes monosyllabic, searching for words after a long pause. When he has not avoided for fear of hindering the police investigation underway.
"Do you agree that you are ultimately responsible for this fiasco?", Asked the Labor Jim Sheridan. "No," dropped tycoon, closed face, about the often punctuated by shots of the flat hand on the desk.
Then later: "I am the best person to clean in all this (...) The people I trusted disappointed me and behaved in a shameful way, misled the company and myself and to them to pay. "
On the same line of defense, he denied any knowledge of payments to victims of eavesdropping to buy their silence, a fact acknowledged by his son in the past. And said to have ignored until recently payments to police, admitted in 2003 by , his protégée at the head of the British division of the group.
Incisive, he felt that there was "absolutely no evidence" of plays of relatives of victims of the attacks of September 11, 2001 in New York.
Mr. Murdoch has been more eloquent about his relationship with successive British governments. In a statement issued later, he found that his group will emerge stronger from this.
Ms. Brooks, the "queen of tabloid" yesterday hyper-powerful and ultra-courted, appeared in the wake. Since his resignation over the weekend, she is accused of corruption and eavesdropping.
She also condemned the eavesdropping, which would have covered up to 4,000 people, politicians, members of the royal family and other celebrities, but justified the use of private detectives in the hunt for scoops. And as Rupert Murdoch, it condemned piracy cell of Milly Dowler, a schoolgirl of 13, murdered in 2002, which shocked the country.
The tycoon had apologized to the girl's parents, as part of its far-offensive against ineffective in defusing the crisis: closing the NotW, abandonment of its flagship project expansion in the UK (the redemption of the full satellite package BSkyB) fought by the entire political class, the sacrifice of two faithful lieutenants.
It was not the only pillar of British society charged Tuesday. The Home Affairs Committee heard the head of Scotland Yard, Sir Paul Stephenson and the head of counterterrorism, John Yates.
In a report released Wednesday, the committee felt that "there was a catalog of failure of the police and deliberate attempts to impede the News International various investigations" in the folder.
Both men resigned dramatically, while protesting their innocence in the case of leaving "the Yard" in total disarray, accused of incompetence and corruption.
"I think there are 10 members of the Communications Department who worked for News International (the British newspapers Mr Murdoch) in the past, some of whom were journalists," said Sir Paul, however, the confidence is likely to revive accusations of collusion with the press.
A 5000 km away, in Lagos, Mr Cameron said: "This is a big problem, but we are a great country" and "we are going to solve it." The purpose is optimistic with regard to the Prime Minister's decision to cut short his visit to Africa to meet Wednesday to parliamentary questions, which he pushed a 24-hour summer vacation.
He is notably accused of having used until January as director of communications Andy Coulson, former editor of the NotW caught up in the scandal. And its 26 meetings in 15 months with executives of News Corp.. And a birthday and a Christmas dinner with Ms. Brooks.
He never missed a corpse to the scandal. Tuesday, fans of the conspiracy theory questioned the death "unexplained", but devoid of "suspicious circumstances" in the words of the police, Sean Hoare. This was the first journalist to reveal the practice of listening "endemic" in NotW under Coulson.