News Corp. Employees Can Now Police Themselves With Illegal Activity Hotline

Rupert Murdoch, chairman and chief executive officer of News Corp., speaks to members of the media outside Number One Aldwych hotel after meeting the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, in London, U.K., on Friday, July 15, 2011. Murdoch and his son, James, are under mounting pressure from U.K. lawmakers to take responsibility for a phone-hacking scandal after bowing to calls for Rebekah Brooks to resign. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty Images Photo: Bloomberg/2011 Bloomberg

In addition to the ongoing phone-hacking scandal and subsequent lawsuits at News Corp., the company's News International division remains under investigation for bribing police officers in the United Kingdom. As a gesture toward not being a crooked company, employees are now being encouraged to call a new "alertline" — open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year — to report suspicious fellow News Corp. workers. There's even a built-in safeguard for overeager accusers: "If you make an honest complaint in good faith, even if you are mistaken as to what you are complaining about, the company will protect you from retaliation," says the new policy. We'd like to imagine Rupert Murdoch sitting on the other end of the hotline, silently assessing the loyalty of every single minion.

News Corp sets up hotline for staff to report 'illegal activity' [Independent UK]