What would be your question for Rupert Murdoch

The British lawmakers want to call Murdoch to testify in phone-hacking scandal.

Question:

What would be your question or questions for Murdoch if you would be the British lawmaker, and why?

Answers:

Iva Deutchman, Professor of Politcal Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

I am not sure that interviewing Murdoch himself is going to do much good, or provide much information to British lawmakers. In other words, asking Murdoch why his paper was involved in hacking, or if he thought he could get away with it, etc., i.e. “WHAT WERE YOU THINKING???” all presuppose he is both able and willing to answer those questions. I don’t suppose either. It’s not clear to me how involved Murdoch himself was with the hacking (did he authorize it or approve of it) nor is it clear to me that Murdoch would give an honest answer about his own involvement.

I hope this helps. I think this case illustrates how much the media have changed over the last few years with the rise of the Internet and social media. The other aspect of the case that is interesting to me is that it is hard to find anyone with much good to say about Murdoch. He’s been much despised in several countries for a long time, so it is going to be hard to imagine anyone coming to his defense.

Robert G. Picard, Professor, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford

If he testifies–he can’t be forced to because he is not a UK citizen–they will want to question him about whether News Corp. or News International knew of the bad behaviour when it was going on.

They will then want to question him about the company responses once it became known at the corporate level and will ask about coverup and payoff activities, destruction of evidence, and previous statements made to investigators. It will not be a comfortable inquiry for him and I suspect he will continuously tell them he wasn’t directly part of it, relied on subordinates, and doesn’t call events.

Jackie Harrison, Professor of Public Communication and Head of Department of Journalism Studies, The University of Sheffield

The obvious one is of  ‘what did he know of what was going on at News of the World’? And

1)  Was it/is it a tactical error not to sack Rebekah Brookes?

2)   Is Rupert Murdoch likely ever to consider divesting himself of News  International in the UK to protect the reputation of News Corp?

Charlie Beckett, Polis Director, The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Why didn’t you know about what was going on – and if you didn’t know, why weren’t you a better boss?

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