London: British police on Saturday arrested a
police officer and four former and current journalists with
the `Sun` newspaper as part of continuing investigation into
the phone-hacking controversy at papers owned by Rupert Murdoch`s News Corporation.
The five were arrested under Operation Elvedon, which is
investigating the payment of money to police officers by
journalists for information to be used in sensational stories.
Scotland Yard said the five men, aged 29 to 56, were
arrested at addresses in London and Essex earlier.
The 29-year-old, a serving officer in the Metropolitan
Police`s Territorial Policing Command, was arrested at his
office in a central London police station.
As per standard practice, Scotland Yard did not release
the names of those arrested but according to the BBC, the four
arrested journalists are ex-deputy editor Fergus Shanahan,
ex-managing editor Graham Dudman, crime editor Mike Sullivan
and head of news Chris Pharo.
Offices at News International in Wapping were being
News Corporation and its Management and Standards
Committee (MSC) issued a statement following the arrests,
saying it had made a commitment last summer that unacceptable
news gathering practices by individuals in the past would not
The statement said: "It commissioned the management and
standards committee to undertake a review of all News
International titles, regardless of cost, and to proactively
co-operate with law enforcement and other authorities if
potentially relevant information arose at those titles".
It added: "As a result of that review, which is ongoing,
the MSC provided information to the Elveden investigation
which led to today`s arrests".
News Corporation also said it would "continue to give its
total support to the continued work of the MSC and to ensure
that legitimate journalism is vigorously pursued in both the
public interest and in full compliance with the law".
The total number of people arrested in as part of the
inquiries related to phone-hacking now stands at 27.
Two were released without further action, and 21 remain on