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Rupert Murdoch protesters expected at Fox Studios over phone hacks

October 21, 2011 |  7:48 am

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Media giant Rupert Murdoch will be in Century City this morning to face his shareholders, along with a crowd of angry protesters outside Fox Studios.

The owner of News Corp., who has been engulfed in a phone-hacking scandal in Britain, could be pressured to resign as chairman at the annual shareholder meeting. The 80-year-old and his family-owned company came under fire earlier this year for hacking into the cellphones of celebrities, royalty and even crime victims.

News Corp. owns the Fox broadcast network, Fox News and other cable channels, 20th Century Fox movie studio and a stable of newspapers worldwide, including the Wall Street Journal.

Outside of the studios on West Pico Boulevard, about 100 protesters are expected to gather at 9 a.m., said Brianna Cayo-Cotter, an organizer with Avaaz, a global campaigning organization. A busload of Occupy L.A. protesters will join a mix of other critics in an hour-and-a-half-long event kicked off by British lawmaker Tom Watson. They will carry banners, signs and a giant Murdoch puppet.

"Murdoch and his people should be fired," Cayo-Cotter said. "They've proven to be unaccountable and reckless and they are destroying our media and our democracy."


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Photo: Rupert Murdoch delivers a keynote address at the National Summit on Education Reform on October 14 in San Francisco. Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images