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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 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 blindness" towards the wrongdoing in his organisation.

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