Foreign and Corrupt Practices
Friday, July 15, 2011
Suspicions that News Corp misdeeds may have extended across the Atlantic heated up this week. A growing chorus of politicians called for investigations, even urging the FBI to look into whether Murdoch’s papers hacked the phones of 9/11 victims. News Corp may have already broken a U.S. law, however, though in a less sensational way. That law is the Foreign and Corrupt Practices Act, and it prohibits companies that are publicly traded in the United States from bribing foreign officials. Pulitzer Prize winning ProPublica reporter Jake Bernstein explains.