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LONDON - The Associated Press

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Prime Minister David Cameron is set to testify about his relationship with media mogul Rupert Murdoch during an official media ethics inquiry.

The judge-led inquiry was set up following revelations of phone hacking at Murdoch's News of the World tabloid. The scandal has shaken the British establishment and raised questions about whether top politicians helped shield Murdoch from scrutiny.

Relations with Murdoch's empire have been problematic for Cameron. The prime minister has faced criticism for the way his government handled Murdoch's bid to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting. His ties to Murdoch have also been questioned because he hired former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his communications chief.

Coulson has since been charged in the phone hacking scandal.

June/14/2012

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