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Rupert Murdoch unfit to run an international company.

Summary: MPs report on phone hacking claims media mogul Rupert Murdoch is not "a fit person" to run a major international corporation.

The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee is one of the Select Committees of the British House of Commons, having been established in 1997. It oversees the operations of the Department of Culture, Media and Sport which replaced the defunct Department for National Heritage.  inquiry into phone hacking has claimed that media mogul Rupert Murdoch is not "a fit person" to run a major international corporation.

In a report into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, the committee of MPs accused the News Corp chief of exhibiting "wilful wil·ful  
Variant of willful.

wilful or US willful

1. determined to do things in one's own way: a wilful and insubordinate child 
 blindness" towards the wrongdoing in his organisation.

According to MPs, News Corp had been guilty of "huge failings of corporate governance Corporate Governance

The relationship between all the stakeholders in a company. This includes the shareholders, directors, and management of a company, as defined by the corporate charter, bylaws, formal policy, and rule of law.
" and that throughout, its instinct had been "to cover up rather than seek out wrongdoing and discipline the perpetrators".

The report concluded that three former senior executives of News Corp's UK newspaper - Les Hinton, Colin Myler, and Tom Crone crone

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 - had mislead the committee during its 2009 inquiries into the scandal.

MPs also claimed that James Murdoch had demonstrated "wilful ignorance" about what had been going on.

The most damning judgment was reserved for Rupert Murdoch: "On the basis of the facts and evidence before the committee, we conclude that, if at all relevant times Rupert Murdoch did not take steps to become fully informed about phone hacking, he turned a blind eye and exhibited wilful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications.

"We conclude, therefore, that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company."

The committee was split on party lines over a number of key findings, namely the the verdict on Rupert Murdoch, with the Tories voting against and Labour and the Lib Dems in favour.

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Date:May 1, 2012
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