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UK police arrest former Murdoch aide

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Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch's former British CEO, was arrested on Sunday by British police investigating phone hacking and police bribery by the defunct tabloid News of the World.

Police said a 43-year-old woman was arrested at a London police station at noon on Sunday by appointment. She is being questioned on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications - phone hacking - and on suspicion of corruption - bribing police for information.

London police do not identify suspects until they are charged. Sky News and the BBC said the suspect was Brooks, the former News of the World editor who stepped down on Friday as head of Murdoch's British newspapers.

Police have already arrested nine other people connected to Murdoch's British media empire over allegations that the News of the World hacked into the phone voice mails of hundreds of celebrities, politicians, rival journalists and even murder victims. No one has yet been charged.

The latest arrested comes just two days before Brooks is due to answer questions from a parliamentary committee investigating the hacking. Rupert Murdoch and his son James are also due to give evidence.

The arrest throws Brooks' appearance before parliament's Culture, Media and Sport committee into question.

Rupert Murdoch took out a second newspaper ad on Sunday promising that News Corp will make amends for the phone hacking scandal shaking his global media business.

Murdoch's empire came under renewed attack as Britain's opposition leader called for new laws to stop one man from owning such a big chunk of the national media.

The ad in several British Sunday newspapers, titled "Putting right what's gone wrong", said News Corp would assist the British police investigation into phone hacking and police bribery. It vowed there would be "be no place to hide" for wrongdoers.

"It may take some time for us to rebuild trust and confidence, but we are determined to live up to the expectations of our readers, colleagues and partners," the ad said.

That follows a full-page Murdoch ad in Saturday's papers declaring, "We are sorry". It's all part of a campaign of contrition as Murdoch struggles to tame a scandal that has already destroyed one major British newspaper, cost the jobs of two of his senior executives and scuppered his dream of taking full control of a lucrative satellite broadcaster, British Sky Broadcasting.


1) Why was Brooks arrested?

2) What was her position?

3) How many others were arrested over the phone hacking scandal?


1) corruption and conspiring to intercept communications

2) CEO for Murdoch and editor of news of the world

3) 9

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UK police arrest former Murdoch aide

UK police arrest former Murdoch aide

Todd Balazovic is a reporter for the Metro Section of China Daily. Born in Mineapolis Minnesota in the US, he graduated from Central Michigan University and has worked for the China Daily for one year.