Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two Murdoch Reporters Feared to Be in Suicide Bids

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two Murdoch Reporters Feared to Be in Suicide Bids

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Byline: Tom Harper and Simon Freeman

TWO senior journalists at News International have apparently attempted to commit suicide as pressure mounts inside the Murdoch media empire.

The reporters appeared to try to take their own lives after the company turned over 300 million emails and internal papers to detectives investigating phonehacking and alleged bribery of public officials.

The journalists, whom the Standard has decided not to name, were checked into hospital at the expense of News International on the orders of Rupert Murdoch.

Sources said other journalists inside the Wapping HQ look "terribly stressed and many are on the edge". It is understood the company's offer of psychiatric help is available to any journalist who feels under pressure.

The tragic developments happened after News Corp's Management and Standards Committee, a branch of the empire that reports directly to Continued on Page 4

Continued from Page 1 independent board directors in New York, passed evidence to Scotland Yard.

Eleven reporters and senior executives from The Sun have been arrested in recent weeks by police officers from Operation Elveden, which is investigating alleged illegal payments to police officers and civil servants.

The MSC's co-operation with the police has triggered a civil war inside the Murdoch empire.

Bosses at News International, its UKnewspaper subsidiary, are furious that the committee, headed by Lord Grabiner QC, has "sold journalists down the river". Today, anger inside Wapping was focused on Will Lewis, a former editor of the Daily Telegraph, and Simon Greenberg, ex-sports editor of the News of the World, who both work for the MSC.

A senior News International source said: "These former journalists are turning their own people over to police for 'crimes' that newspapers have indulged in for centuries. …

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