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More arrests in Murdoch’s British newspapers, now are five journalists accused of bribing

British authorities police arrested eight people on Saturday, including five employees of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid The Sun, as part of an investigation into bribery of public officials by journalists, Scotland Yard and the newspaper’s parent company said.

The arrests represent a deepening of the crisis at The Sun, which Mr. Murdoch’s company, the News Corporation, had initially sought to protect from a scandal that has already led to the closing of The News of the World, the Sun’s sister tabloid. The New of the World was closed last summer over accusations of illegal news-gathering techniques including intercepting voice-mail messages, hacking computers and paying public officials.

Murdoch also owns The Times broadsheet newspaper, which this year admitted that one of its former reporters had hacked a phone, and the Wall Street Journal U.S. financial newspaper.

Meanwhile, U.S. authorities are stepping up investigations, including an FBI criminal inquiry, into possible violations by Murdoch media employees of a U.S. law banning corrupt payments to foreign officials such as police, law enforcement and corporate sources.

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