The U.K.’s Sun newspaper was in full damage control today after five of its employees were arrested in an inquiry into alleged payment of bribes to police and others, according to a report from The Canadian Press. Britain’s biggest-selling tabloid, which is part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, also had its London offices searched and that of some of its employees.
According to the report, “The Sun’s deputy editor Geoff Webster, picture editor John Edwards, chief reporter John Kay, chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker and reporter John Sturgis were those arrested.”
Additionally, “A 39-year-old female employee at Britain’s defence ministry, a 36-year-old male member of the armed forces and a 39-year-old serving police officer with Surrey Police, were also arrested… .”
Apparently Rupert Murdoch does not intend to close down the Sun as he did the News of The World following public outrage over its phone hacking. News International CEO Tom Mockridge said Rupert Murdoch had given his personal assurance today about his commitment to continue publishing The Sun newspaper.
Yes, the rot spreads.