London: Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has accused Rupert Murdoch of lying under oath at a media ethics inquiry, and claimed that a tabloid belonging to the media tycoon had undermined the war effort in Afghanistan.
Brown directly contradicted Murdoch's claim that Brown had vowed to ‘make war on your company’ during an abusive phone call.
Murdoch had earlier claimed that Brown made the remarks during a telephone conversation after The Sun tabloid switched its support from Brown’s Labour Party to the rival Conservatives.
Brown, however, claimed that ‘this did not happen’ and that he had been shocked to hear Murdoch make the allegation to the inquiry in April.
“This call did not happen, this threat was not made,” The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Brown, as saying.
According to the report, Brown told the Leveson Inquiry that The Sun was guilty of ‘the conflation of fact and opinion’ in its coverage of the Afghanistan conflict and of his premiership.
He said instead of covering the difficult decisions facing his government, The Sun had concluded ‘that I personally did not care about our troops in Afghanistan’.
Brown asserted The Sun's coverage had done ‘huge damage’ to the British war effort against the Taliban.
First Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 16:34