Authorities in London arrested five employees of Britain's bestselling Sun newspaper and three civil servants Saturday on investigation of alleged bribery charges, according to CNN and The Star Tribune.
A total of 21 people have been arrested in connection with the bribery accusation, though the individuals who were arrested Saturday have not been identified by police or News Corp, according to CNN.
"I'm as shocked as anyone by today's arrests," said Dominic Mohan, Sun editor, "but am determined to lead The Sun through these difficult times," according to CNN.
The names of the people arrested Saturday were provided to the police by a management standards committee set up by Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp, according to the Star Tribune.
A statement made by News Corp said, "News Corporation maintains its total support to the ongoing work of the management standards committee and is committed to making certain that legitimate journalism is vigorously pursued in both the public interest and in the full compliance wit the law," according to the Star Tribune.
Britain's National Union of Journalists claimed some News International staff felt let down by managers over their cooperation with the police and stated they felt the investigation to be a witch hunt.