9 July 2013
U.K. officials are for the first time charging a journalist outside of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper empire as part of an ongoing investigation into bribery of public officials. The charge against Thomas Savage — deputy news editor of the Daily Star on Sunday — is being brought as part of an investigation triggered by revelations of phone hacking at Murdoch's now-shuttered News of the World tabloid. The Crown Prosecution Service said Monday that Savage will be charged with conspiring with prison officer Scott Chapman to commit misconduct in a public office. Lucy Panton, former crime editor at the now-shuttered News of the World, will be charged with the same offense, prosecutors added.