Investigation Into News Corp. Bribes

U.S. authorities are investigating whether News Corp. employees violated a law that bans bribes to foreign officials, sources told Reuters on Tuesday. A U.S. official said if any law-enforcement action is taken against Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, it will most likely be under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) since there has been little evidence of hacking inside the U.S. If anyone is found to have violated FCPA, News Corp. could be fined up to $2 million and barred from U.S. government contracts, and any one person suspected of violating the law could be fined up to $100,000. Executives could be liable if they knew about the bribes but failed to stop them. The investigation includes an FBI criminal inquiry.