Tag Archives: Phone Hacking

Cyril Smith MP : Nice One Cyril

One of the odd things about Blogging is the assumption that my readers are as much political anoraks as I am …or as old. Take Cyril Smith…Liberal MP for Rochdale in the north of England. Rochdale is a seat that … Continue reading

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Féile…West Belfast Festival

So Féile starts in two weeks. The West Belfast Festival. On 9th August 1971, Internment Without Trial was introduced. That night, the Ballymurphy Massacre took place. For some years afterwards, the anniversary was marked by often intense rioting in West … Continue reading

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How Journalism Works…Egypt To Wapping

It is of course a total injustice that three journalists have been sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Egypt for writing things that the Egyptian Government dont like. That of course would be the same Egyptian Government, which is backed … Continue reading

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How Journalism Works?

So the Phone Hacking Trial started last week. A couple of journos have already decided to plead guilty. But interestingly the Trial revealed today that the two star defendants Rebekkah Brooks and Andy Coulson were having an affair for six … Continue reading

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Stuart Hall Jailed

Stuart Hall, for five decades the voice of the BBC in Manchester has been sent to prison for fifteen months for abusing young girls. Now in his eighties,the light sentence reflects his age. Yet it sends out a signal to … Continue reading

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“One Rogue Reporter”

Remember when we were fed the line that there was no Phone Hacking Scandal. There was just one rogue reporter. It strikes me that for a profession which is about observing and reporting, Journalists are at least remarkably incompetent as … Continue reading

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Cover Up Culture

It is now part of perceived wisdom that the “cover up” is a bigger scandal than the original crime. Watergate is the most quoted example. The cover up of the Brendan Smyth (and other paedophile scandals) has compounded the misery of … Continue reading

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The Leveson Inquiry…Witnesses Week 5 (Wednesday)

The Inquiry resumed today with Kelvin McKenzie in the witness box. More on this in due course. I have however just realised that I did not actually publish a post about the final day of hearing witnesses before Christmas. I … Continue reading

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The Leveson Inquiry…Witnesses Week 5 (Tuesday)

Steve Turner, General Secretary of the British Union of Journalists gives evidence of a bullying culture at News Of The World. Turner blames two factors….falling circulations and a profit based industry leading journalists to take risks. Phoney allegations were made … Continue reading

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The Leveson Inquiry…Witnesses Week 5 (Monday)

Stuart Hoare, brother of Sean Hoare (the whistle-blower who told about the dark arts at “The News Of The World”) who died of an overdose some months ago. The brothers often talked about phone hacking. James Hanning, Deputy Editor of … Continue reading

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