Testimony into the phone hacking practices at the now defunct British tabloid, News of the World continues. Today, Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, appeared before the Leveson Inquiry after being issued with a summons.
On Wednesday and Thursday, Murdoch, the 80-year-old Australian-American, faces questions over illegal activities by journalists working for his British newspapers.
On Tuesday morning, James Murdoch, former Chief Executive of News of the World, testified before the inquiry. James Murdoch, who stepped down in February, reiterated claims that he did not know the extent of phone-hacking at the tabloid.
He later said that there was "absolutely no quid pro quo" between newspaper support and political influence.
Last year, James Murdoch testified twice before a British parliamentary committee over the phone hacking investigation, in July and November, insisting that he wasn’t told and had no prior knowledge of widespread phone hacking at News of the World.
Since that time, new evidence has been made public contradicting his original statement. Rupert Murdoch also testified during the July hearing.
British Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Lord Justice Leveson to oversee a committee examining the relationship between the press and celebrities, politicians and the police. 250 witnesses have testified before the inquiry, including Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, actor Hugh Grant, and the parents of murdered school girl, Milly Dowler.