The fallout from the British hacking scandal continues to spread like wildfire. Monday, the resignation of the assistant chief of Scotland Yard followed Sunday’s departure by the agency’s chief and the arrest of former News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks.
Brooks, along with Rupert Murdoch and his son James, are due to testify Tuesday before a British parliamentary inquiry.
The media mogul will be asked to answer questions about allegations that one of his publications hacked the phones and emails of a murder victim and families of those killed in the July 2005 bombings in London.
Brooks had resigned Friday, the same day Les Hinton, chairman of Murdoch’s Dow Jones & Co., also stepped down. He was in charge of News Corp.’s British newspapers during the time of the alleged hacking.
In addition, the fallout included Murdoch’s company dropping its bid to buy out British Sky Broadcasting Group.
Over the weekend, British newspapers ran an apology from Rupert Murdoch, which said in part: “The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account. It failed when it came to itself.”
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INDONESIA | On Monday, the NewsHour begins a series of reports from Ray Suarez about Indonesia, starting with the condition of mental health services. (Get a sneak peak at the first two reports.)
Suarez also explores the toll high food prices are taking in some parts of Indonesia and new research on a plant that can be used for male contraception.
MIDEAST | We also will follow the continuing political turmoil in the Middle East, tension between the Army and pro-democracy protesters in Egypt, new efforts by Libyan rebels to gain ground following Friday’s decision by 30 nations to recognize the opposition as the legitimate governing authority, and the Syrian government’s continuing repression of opposition elements.