Rebekah Brooks: Trial for Murdoch Associate Puts Justice in Spotlight

Tuesday, 29 Oct 2013 06:29 PM

By Morgan Chilson

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The phone hacking trial of eight Brits from the Rupert Murdoch media empire, including Rebekah Brooks, started Tuesday, in what some are calling “the trial of the century,” the Daily Beast said.

Brooks is one of the top executives from Rupert Murdoch’s news organization, News of the World, and the trial is expected to expose the working standards in that media empire. Brooks and the other seven defendants have all said they aren’t guilty.

Brooks’ relationship with Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron is causing the country’s government some embarrassment and is expected continue to put the political repercussions of this case in the spotlight.

The Guardian reported Justice Saunders warned jury members that the case was pulling in “perhaps an unprecedented amount of publicity” and that online stories were oftentimes wrong, misleading, and even offensive.

“In a way, it is not only the defendants who are on trial but British justice is on trial,” the Guardian quoted Saunders as saying.

The judge referred to poor media coverage like the cover of Private Eye, which featured a photo of Brooks. Huffington Post UK reported that police were telling vendors near the courthouse that they shouldn’t sell the magazine because of possible contempt charges. The UK newspaper also said it couldn’t show a picture of the cover for the same reasons.

It was, of course, readily available online.

The UK Attorney General’s office tweeted that the cover had been examined for possible contempt of court issues.

The case is generating plenty of online discussions:

Related stories:

NPR’s Folkenflik: Murdoch’s Empire Shielded Hacking Crimes

Phone Hacking Lawyer: 100s of New Victims in Britain

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