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Nov232011

James Murdoch Quits as Director of Controversial Media Group

Miguel Villagran/Getty Images(LONDON) -- James Murdoch, son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has resigned as a director of News Group Newspapers, the company that publishes British newspapers The Sun and The Times, according to regulatory filings. The younger Murdoch still remains chairman of News International, which is under fire for a phone hacking scandal that led to the closing of its News of the World newspaper and a continuing inquiry in London.

In central London on Wednesday, lawmakers continued the third day of a week-long trial targeting the ethical abuses some British tabloids display in attempting to gather material for their publications.  This week has seen the biggest inquiry into this breach of privacy.

The parents of kidnapped Maddie McCann gave evidence Wednesday that accuses the press of extreme invasion of privacy.  Gerry and Kate McCann told how journalists hounded them, swarmed their house and followed them to Portugal when they returned to the place of their daughter’s alleged kidnapping. The McCanns told of false headlines being printed alluding to them being responsible for Maddies’ murder, all in the name of boosting circulation figures.

Maddie was nearly four years old when she vanished from her family’s vacation apartment in Praia da Luz in Portugal on May 3, 2007, while her parents dined with friends nearby. They denied any involvement in her disappearance.

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