2 Murdoch Reporters Attempt Suicide

Sun staffers stressed out as inquiry continues
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2012 8:16 AM CST
2 Murdoch Reporters Attempt Suicide
The Sun's recent addition of a Sunday edition has added to the pressure on journalists.   (Getty Images)

The pressure appears to be taking its toll inside Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Two senior reporters at the Sun have attempted suicide as police step up their inquiry into illegal practices at the British newspaper, according to the Evening Standard. News International, the British wing of Murdoch's News Corp, is paying for the journalists' medical care and has boosted the level of psychiatric help available to employees.

Some 11 current and former Sun journalists have been arrested for allegedly bribing police and government official for information. Insiders say staff feel betrayed by News Corp's creation of an independent body to assist the police investigation. "People think that they've been thrown under a bus," one News International employee says. "They're beyond angry—there's an utter sense of betrayal, not just with the organization but with a general lynch-mob hysteria." (More suicide attempt stories.)

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