Australian Greens call for inquiry into Murdoch's News Corp

July 8, 2011 09:37

CANBERRA - Australia's influential Greens Party called on the government to investigate Rupert Murdoch's Australian media empire after a phone hacking scandal forced him to shut down Britain's biggest selling Sunday newspaper.

The Greens, who hold the balance of power in the upper house of parliament and whose political backing is vital to the minority Labor government, asked for an official inquiry into News Corp's local operations.

"We have the most Murdoch media ownership of any country in the world with eight of the 12 metropolitan dailies owned by the Murdoch empire," party leader Bob Brown told Reuters.

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