A journalist at The Sun tabloid, one of Britain’s best-selling newspapers, became the first at the paper to be convicted of bribing public officials for stories as a result of the Metropolitan Police’s wide-ranging probe into newsgathering methods.
The Old Bailey, London’s central criminal court, on Friday sentenced 41-year-old crime reporter Anthony France to 18 months in prison for paying a counterterror officer more than £20,000 ($30,600) in exchange for confidential information for more than three years. The conviction comes as The Sun’s owner, News Corp, has faced a flurry of high-profile legal challenges related to alleged illicit reporting practices at both The Sun and The News of the World tabloid, which shut in 2011 amid accusations of widespread phone hacking.
News Corp, which also owns The Wall Street Journal, declined to comment, citing ongoing legal proceedings. Last year, News Corp apologized for wrongdoing that occurred and said it had made changes to the way it does business to ensure wrongdoing wouldn’t happen again.
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