Pressure is mounting on Rupert Murdoch’s media empire after the arrests of eight people over alleged corruption. It is reported those detained include five journalists from the Sun newspaper, a policeman, a defence ministry official and a serving member of the armed forces.
The arrests are part of an investigation into illegal payments allegedly made to officials for information. Last month, police arrested four current and former Sun staff, and another policeman.
The extensive police investigation stems from a phone-hacking scandal that led to media-mogul Murdoch and his son James appearing before a parliamentary inquiry, and the closure of their prized News of the World tabloid.
Murdoch’s News Corp. company says it provided the information to police that led to Saturday’s arrests.