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The Independent’s website independent.co.uk enjoyed the largest growth among newspaper websites during December, according to official figures released today.

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Anreas Whittam Smith: The buck stops with Rupert Murdoch

Imagine James Murdoch understood the meaning of the statement made by his father, Rupert, on Monday and saw his own fate. For commenting on the exposure of corrupt practices on an industrial scale at The Sun, the tycoon said, "the practices... described at the Leveson Inquiry are ones of the past and no longer exist at The Sun".

Mood in Wapping: Anger and confusion in the newsroom at shock exit

The mood of mutiny that has existed in the newsrooms of News International since the first arrests of journalists on the News of the World and The Sun simply got angrier and more confused yesterday.

Amol Rajan: Nowadays tabloids are mere vessels of misanthropy

A conversation last week with Michael McCarthy, Environment Editor of The Independent and i, confirmed a feeling I have had for some time about our tabloid newspapers.

Claire Beale: The Sun rises on a newly energised market

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Rupert Murdoch tweeted that more than 3 million copies of The Sun’s new edition were sold

Sun on Sunday turns out to be more of the same, only less so

John Walsh finds the bland new paper unwilling to offend and unlikely to excite

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Ryan Giggs named in court as he tries to sue 'The Sun'

Ryan Giggs has consented to being named as the Premier League footballer behind a high-profile injunction against The Sun newspaper, the High Court heard yesterday.

Ryan Giggs continues to play a key role for United

Judge considers Ryan Giggs damages claim

A High Court judge is considering whether a damages claim made by Manchester United and Wales footballer Ryan Giggs against The Sun newspaper should be thrown out.

Saturday 11 Feb: Eight arrested in dawn raids and taken for questioning, including five Sun staff, bringing the total to 10

War in Wapping: The Sun arises – and the press bites back

After months of unremitting criticism, journalists came out fighting after the arrest of five colleagues – and Rupert Murdoch blinked

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Buying even a single share in a firm gives you the right to question its practices

Rupert Murdoch declared his 'unwavering support' for the Sun's journalists today

The Sun on Sunday to launch soon, says Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch declared his "unwavering support" for the Sun's journalists today and announced he is lifting the suspensions of all arrested staff.

Murdoch flies in to confront growing crisis at Wapping HQ

Rupert Murdoch is expected to speak to staff at News International today

Rupert Murdoch flies to UK to tackle News International crisis

Rupert Murdoch will arrive at the Wapping headquarters of his British newspapers tomorrow to take charge of the latest crisis involving one of his titles, sources say.

Sun journalists 'treated like gang'

A senior figure at The Sun today launched a forthright attack on police who arrested five Sun journalists, claiming his colleagues had been treated like "members of an organised crime gang".

Matthew Norman on Monday: The Sun goes down on a romance to rival Casablanca

With the Mills & Boon romance between The Sun and the police disintegrating into rancour, how ironic to find its editor guided by a much-loved cinematic bent copper. When on Saturday The Sun's editor Dominic Mohan claimed to be "as shocked as anyone by today's arrests", some may have pictured the latest addition to Wapping's stable of Captain Renaults treating the ague by nipping off to cash his chips. Yet this is no time for cynicism.

Leading article: Heat on The Sun can only intensify

After the exposure of the Milly Dowler affair, it seemed as if matters had become as bad as they could for Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Public fury in Britain about the hacking of the murdered girl's mobile phone was on such an epic scale that Mr Murdoch took what then seemed the drastic action of closing the offending newspaper, the News of the World.

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