US authorities have decided not to pursue legal action against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
News Corp was being investigated to determine whether whether alleged payments to British police by News of the World journalists in the UK meant that News Corp, its US-based parent company, broke anti-corruption laws.
However, the justice department announced on Monday that it was closing its investigation into the news media conglomerate “regarding possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act concerning bribes allegedly paid for news leads”.
Since the scandal of illegality at the News of the World broke in 2011, the newspaper has been shut down and a number of journalists have been prosecuted after being accused of hacking phones and paying public officials in return for exclusive stories.
However, the closing of the News of the World was mostly a symbolic gesture, with a large proportion of the newspaper’s readership moving to The Sun on Sunday, a replacement Sunday newspaper launched by News Corp.
Following the justice department announcement, Gerson Zweifach, General Counsel of News Corp said in a statement:
“21st Century Fox and News Corp have been notified by the United States Department of Justice that it has completed its investigation of voicemail interception and payments to public officials in London, and is declining to prosecute either company. We are grateful that this matter has been concluded and acknowledge the fairness and professionalism of the Department of Justice throughout this investigation.”