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Murdochs may be back in Parliament to testify

by Jorge Hernandez on August 16, 2011

After a wearying month of debt debate that many experts called an artificial dilemma mostly manufactured for political reasons, it seems that some media outlets had forgotten about the phone hacking scandal that had been plaguing Rupert Murdoch's News of the World and several other publications. 

But now that the dust has settled and the debt ceiling has been raised, more people are starting to focus on the ongoing scandal. New allegations have been raised against Rupert and James Murdoch, as well as former editor News of the World editor Andy Coulson following a letter from royal news correspondent Clive Goodman, The Guardian reports.

The letter was originally sent to News International in 2007 following a four-month jail sentence for Goodman, who had been imprisoned for phone hacking. He claims he acted with the knowledge of all senior journalists at News of the World. In the letter, there are explicit references to phone hacking and the fact that the practice of the illegal activity was talked about in daily meetings.

"Tom Crone and the editor promised on many occasions that I could come back to a job at the newspaper if I did not implicate the paper or any of its staff in my mitigation plea. I did not, and I expect the paper to honor its promise to me," he writes. Further inspection shows that Goodman received a hefty sum of compensation and a full year's salary, which has been called "hush money" by some, according to the news source.

A separate article from The Guardian reports that there's now talk that the Murdochs will be called back to testify in front of Parliament yet again. James Murdoch is the focus this time, as some of the testimony he gave has been directly disproved of by other allegations and confessions.  

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