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Lawyer Suing Fox News Slams Gag Orders in U.K. Regulator Meeting

  • Opponents of Fox head to London to meet with media regulator
  • Ofcom must decide if Fox-Sky merger benefits the U.K. public
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The Manhattan lawyer representing about two dozen people in harassment suits against Fox News slammed 21st Century Fox Inc. in a meeting with U.K.’s media regulator, hoping to influence a review of Rupert Murdoch’s $15 billion bid to buy the rest of pay-TV provider Sky Plc.

In a meeting Thursday with Ofcom, which must decide whether the proposed deal would benefit the British public, attorney Douglas Wigdor criticized Fox’s practice of forcing people with claims of racial bias or sexual discrimination to sign confidentiality agreements to keep them from going public.