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Murdoch wracked by 13 probes into phone-hacking

Murdoch wracked by 13 probes into phone-hacking

The inquiries are being conducted at various levels, with some going into issues wider than phone-hacking.

London: At least 13 inquiries and legal cases are being conducted into questions raised by the unethical practice of phone-hacking at the now defunct News of the World, with media baron Rupert Murdoch's empire in the UK coming under unprecedented scrutiny.

The inquiries are being conducted at various levels, with some going into issues wider than phone-hacking and other unethical news gathering practices in British journalism.

The issue, which blew up last summer, has equally affected the press, police and politics.

It has already led to Murdoch withdrawing his bid to takeover BSkyB, besides other changes in his media empire in the UK.

The Justice Leveson Inquiry is being held in two parts. The first focuses on "the culture, practices and ethics" of the UK media.

It is looking at relationships between newspapers, broadcasters, social media networks, politicians and the police as well as media regulation.

The second part of the Leveson Inquiry will focus on the extent of unlawful or improper conduct within News International (NI) and other newspaper groups.

It will also look at the original police investigation into phone hacking, known as Operation Glade, and consider whether there were management failures at NI.

Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and top executives of News International have appeared before the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in widely watched television depositions.

James Murcoh appeared before it twice, on July 19 and December10. The committee is expected to submit its report in the near future.