Murdoch's Sunday tabloid launches in defiant mood

AP , Sunday 26 Feb 2012

Media mogul's News of the World replacement, The Sun Sunday, launches amid ongoing inquiries into employees

A combination photograph shows the Chairman and CEO of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch, posing for a photograph with the first edition of The Sun in 1969 and with the first edition of The Sun on Sunday as it comes off the presses at Broxbourne, (Photo: Reuters).

Rupert Murdoch's newest newspaper has launched with a familiar mix of celebrity news, scantily clad women and defiant political rhetoric.

The Sun's Sunday edition hit the stands two weeks after five employees of the tabloid were arrested in an inquiry into the alleged payment of bribes to police and defense officials.

The new Sunday tabloid replaces The News of the World, which closed in July after revelations that the paper had routinely hacked into the phones of those in the public eye, including a missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

In a defiant editorial column, The Sun Sunday said the scandal had been "a sobering experience for our entire industry" and said that all its arrested journalists are innocent until proven guilty.

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