Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was questioned Monday by an inquiry into media ethics set up to deal with the fallout from the phone hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. media empire.
LONDON — Jurors at Britain’s phone-hacking trial were told Wednesday that former prime minister Tony Blair allegedly offered to work as an unofficial adviser to Rupert Murdoch as revelations of illegal phone hacking engulfed the mogul’s media empire.
Prosecutor Andrew Edis read aloud an email sent by Rebekah Brooks, then head of Murdoch’s British newspapers, to Murdoch’s son and deputy James on July 11, 2011.
In it, Brooks says she’s asked Blair for advice and been told: “It will pass. Tough up.”
Friday marked the seventh anniversary of Tony Blair’s resignation as British prime minister after achieving unprecedented electoral success for his Labour Party, but those seven years have not been kind to his image.
As the country’s youngest prime minister in nearly two centuries, Mr. Blair’s political life was energized by the vigour of youth but, inevitably, it also assured him a long post-political career.
And it is here his reputation has imploded.
LONDON — Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking Tuesday, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centring on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire.
A jury at London’s Old Bailey unanimously found Coulson, the former spin doctor of British Prime Minister David Cameron, guilty of conspiring to intercept communications. Brooks was acquitted of that charge and of counts of bribing officials and obstructing police.