LONDON – The Sun newspaper was fighting to contain the damage after five employees of Britain’s biggest-selling tabloid were arrested Saturday in an inquiry into the alleged payment of bribes to police and other officials, detectives and the newspaper’s parent company said.

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. said police had searched their homes and the group’s London offices, potentially deepening the scandal over British tabloid wrongdoing.

The Sun’s deputy editor Geoff Webster, picture editor John Edwards, chief reporter John Kay, chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker and reporter John Sturgis were those arrested, News International CEO Tom Mockridge said in a message emailed to staff.

Executives moved quickly to reject claims that Murdoch could decide to close down the newspaper.

In July, Murdoch shuttered the 168-year-old News of The World tabloid amid public outrage when the extent of its phone hacking of celebrities, public figures and crime victims was exposed.

 


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