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But they stopped short of accusing the younger Murdoch of misleading lawmakers when he claimed not to have fully read a 2008 email which he had received and outlined that hacking was widespread.
The committee also criticized Hinton, who worked as a top Murdoch aide on both sides of the Atlantic for decades and resigned as the publisher of The Wall Street Journal last year amid the hacking scandal. The report said he misled them over his repeated claim that hacking was not rife at the News of The World.
In a statement, Myler said he stood by his evidence and believed ongoing U.K. police inquiries would “establish the truth” of his account. “I have always sought to be accurate and consistent in what I have said to the committee,” Myler said.
Committee chairman James Whittingdale said “it is for the House (of Commons) to decide what consequences follow” from misleading Parliament.
“The company fully acknowledges significant wrongdoing at News of the World and apologizes to everyone whose privacy was invaded,” it said in a statement.
News Corp. has been buffeted by the scandal, which has claimed the jobs of a string of his senior executives and several top British police officers amid allegations that Scotland Yard failed properly to investigate tabloid wrongdoing for years.
Murdoch closed down the 168-year-old News of The World tabloid last July amid public revulsion at the hacking of voice mail messages of celebrities and victims of crime, including murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
A total of 43 people, including at least 25 past and present employees of News International have been arrested by police investigating phone hacking, bribery and computer hacking. Murdoch has paid out millions to settle lawsuits from about 60 celebrities, sports stars, politicians and other public figures whose voice mails were hacked. Dozens more lawsuits have been filed.
It was not clear what impact Tuesday’s report would have on Murdoch’s key U.S. properties, which include The Wall Street Journal and Fox News.
Associated Press Writers Jill Lawless, Bob Barr and Meera Selva contributed to this report.
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