Rupert Murdoch Greeted by Protestors at Parliament

7:38 AM PST 07/19/2011 by Stuart Kemp
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Outside, people -- some who had waited hours to get inside -- held signs that read, "Dismantle the evil Murdoch empire."

LONDON -- News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son and News Corp. deputy COO James Murdoch's scheduled appearance before the Culture Media and Sport Select Committee in Parliament Tuesday was slightly delayed by a small public protest at the back of the room.

It was a minor skirmish before the real fireworks began in earnest with both Murdochs being denied the opportunity to make a statement to the committee before  the questions began. Read the Statement Rupert Murdoch Wasn't Allowed to Make in Parliament

Committee chairman John Whittingdale opened by asking James Murdoch about evidence given to the committee in 2007 by News International executives, who said there was no evidence that anyone else had indulged in phone hacking apart from the royal reporter Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire. James Murdoch said the company relied on three things.

He said he and the company relied on the police having closed the investigation and their repeated assertions that they had no new evidence; on the PCC report that said the same; and on its own legal counsel, which said there was "no additional illegality" beyond the two convictions.

James Murdoch said it was the civil case involving actress Sienna Miller that first brought hacking allegations to their attention.

As Murdoch Junior began to answer another question Rupert Murdoch interrupted, slapping his hand repeatedly on the table saying "This is the most humble day of my life."

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