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Murdoch's News International Launches Internal Probe of Its British Papers

News of the World sign at the entrance to a News International building in London, July 2011 (file image)

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s British subsidiary, News International, has confirmed it is conducting a broad inquiry into reporting practices at all of the company’s British newspapers. This comes in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that hit Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid.

Last month Murdoch closed down News of the World, once Britain's most popular Sunday paper. More than a dozen of the tabloid's journalists and executives have been arrested over claims that they regularly intercepted mobile-phone messages and illegally paid police for tips.

News International says it launched an internal review a number of weeks ago, which will be carried out with the assistance of a London law firm.

The review of journalistic standards will focus on News International’s the Times, its sister-publication the Sunday Times, and Britain's biggest-selling daily newspaper, The Sun.

The review is being overseen by News Corporation independent director Viet Dinh and Murdoch advisor Joel Klein, both of whom worked at the U.S. Justice Department.

News International is a wholly owned subsidiary of Murdoch's worldwide media conglomerate, News Corporation.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.