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Group Protests As Murdoch Testifies At Levenson Inquiry

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On Wednesday, a group of people protested against News Corp outside of the High Court London.

Avaaz, an internet-based movement, organized the gathering, saying that News Corp., and its owner Rupert Murdoch, have too much influence, and had ignored regulations. They are calling for the revocation of the company’s license.

At the same time, media baron Murdoch was being questioned by the Leveson Inquiry about his influence over politicians and his knowledge of phone hacking by News Corp. employees.

On Tuesday, James Murdoch testified that David Cameron had met with the media mogul’s son, pledging News Corp. newspaper The Sun’s support for Cameron’s Conservative Party. David Cameron had yet to become Prime Minister at the time.

[Will Davies, Avaaz Campaigner]:
"We know that Rupert Murdoch met many ministers and the prime minister and the purpose of the Leveson Inquiry is to find out who knew what when. If heads need to roll, they should roll. The type of crimes that the Murdochs and their staff are accused of; bribing the police, hacking schoolgirls' phones, they are outrageous and people will not stand for another cover-up,"

Murdoch downplayed his political influence, even as Prime Minister Cameron told the House of Commons “I think we all, on both sides of this house, did a bit too much cozying up to Mr. Murdoch."

In addition, it came to light that Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt was giving News Corp. information while the company attempted to acquire satellite broadcaster BSkyB. Hunt’s office has the power to approve or block the acquisition.

The deal fell through after the scandal...