Protesters gathered outside the News International building in London using a visit by Rupert Murdoch to express their dissatisfaction with his ownership of the global media company.
There has been growing anger from News International journalists after the arrests of 10 past and present Sun newspaper staff accused of bribery, based on information discovered through an internal investigation and handed over to London’s Metropolitan Police.
General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists Michelle Stanistreet said: “They have handed information over without any regard to the protection of those sources and to the anonymity of the people who were promised that all the information that they have given to News International, as an organisation, would be kept safe.
“They haven’t cared about that, and in the process they seem prepared to deliver up individual members of staff, individual journalists. It’s exactly the same corporate strategy that’s been deployed since the hacking scandal broke,” added Stanistreet.
As well as announcing a new Sunday version of his top-selling tabloid The Sun, the Australian media magnate also lifted suspensions on the staff who had been arrested.
Murdoch promised the arrested staff would be given legal support to fight the allegations made against them, which include paying the police for information.