Phone hacking prompted soul searching

Last updated 08:05 24/08/2012

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Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth says Britain's phone-hacking scandal has prompted soul searching at News Corp over how some behaviour fell so short of the company's values.

In a speech at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Elisabeth Murdoch said a major lessons from the last year - which rocked Britain's political establishment and shook her father's media empire - has been the need for ''a rigorous set of values'' governing institutions.

Murdoch acknowledged that given a ''dearth of integrity'' in so many news institutions, it could be difficult to argue for ''the fierce protection of a free press.''

Allegations that the News of the World, a now-closed Murdoch tabloid, hacked people's phones to get scoops broadened into a bigger scandal over the past year, prompting multiple investigations and dozens of arrests.

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