|Church of England sells News Corp shares|
|Wednesday, 08 August 2012 00:00|
News Corp has been hit by a wave of scandal, from the phone-hacking row which caused the closure of the News of the World tabloid last year to further allegations of corruption at its British newspaper empire.
“The Church of England first raised concerns with the board of News Corporation in the aftermath of the phone-hacking allegations that surfaced in July 2011,” the Church of England said in a statement.
“After a year of dialogue between the company and the EIAG (the church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group), the Church of England was not satisfied that News Corporation had shown, or is likely in the immediate future to show, a commitment to implement necessary corporate governance reform.”
Andrew Brown, Secretary of the Church Commissioners, said the decision was “not taken lightly”.
The Church of England said it already excludes investment in companies involved in military products and services, pornography, alcoholic drinks, gambling, tobacco, human embryonic cloning and high interest rate lending. — AFP.