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Phone hacking: Louise Mensch seeks 'full disclosure' over MPs' surveillance

MPs on the select committee investigating phone hacking will meet on Tuesday to discuss what action they will take over allegations that News International put them under surveillance in 2009. Louise Mensch, a member of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, called on News International to make "full disclosure" over claims that MPs were targeted by private investigators for between three and 10 days in mid-2009.

House GOP to attack NLRB union-forming rules this week

House Republicans are preparing to advance legislation that would give employers more time to react to union petitions. The bill is a response to rules that the NLRB issued over the summer that call for quick union elections once a petition is filed. The "Workforce Democracy and Fairness Act," H.R. 3094, would give employers a minimum of 14 days to find legal representation and prepare for a hearing before the NLRB. Under the NLRB’s rule, companies have just seven days to take this step.

Hacking police find 'bombshell' emails: Now detectives may want to question James Murdoch

Police investigating phone-hacking at the News of the World have recovered a series of ‘bombshell’ emails which they believe takes the inquiry to ‘a new level.’
The emails were among tens of thousands held by the newspaper at a data storage facility in India. Police are believed to want to question News International chief James Murdoch and former Sun and News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks about their contents.

First contract sets standard for workers at centralized newspaper production facilities

Workers at the only centralized newspaper production facility in Canada to be unionized have blazed a trail for others by ratifying a first collective agreement.
CWA Canada's 13 newest members work at Pagemasters North America in Toronto, which offers layout and design services to newspapers in North America and the Caribbean. Clients include the Globe and Mail as well as a number of smaller Canadian papers and one in the Bahamas.

Forget the Murdoch family drama -- media power needs checking

Unraveling the News Corp. mess in Great Britain will take years, which can be frustrating for those seeking the kind of Hollywood ending so thoughtfully provided by Richard Nixon when he resigned, thus bringing Watergate to a close. But if there is one minimum outcome of all the inquiries that shouldn't wait until the very end, it would be reformation of Britain's lax cross-media ownership laws.

Reporting Libya: freelance coverage, full-time dangers

According to some estimates, at one point some 400 journalists and photographers were based in Benghazi as freelancers, many of them covering their first conflict.
That has prompted an intense debate about the responsibilities of news organizations using freelancers, as well as the individual responsibility of freelancers themselves -- a debate that has been given extra impetus by the number of news workers who have been killed in Libya since February.

Private Investigator’s Notebooks Offer New Details In Phone Hacking Case

The names of 28 News International employees appear in notebooks belonging to Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator who worked for the News of the World, the Leveson inquiry into press standards heard on its first day at London’s high court. Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry also heard that Mulcaire wrote the words “Daily Mirror” in his notepad, which suggests he may have carried out work for the paper.

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