Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Just How Arrogant Can You Be?



News Corp. said that while "the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation would benefit both companies ... it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate."

Yes it’s bloody difficult when you withhold evidence from the police, and employ people to dig the dirt on any copper who dares challenge you.

Let’s not indulge in weasel words Murdoch. Your entire organisation is morally corrupt and you think that you are more important than the Law.
You are going to find that the Law wins.

Thursday, July 07, 2011

The Toothless PCC


I formally complained about an article in "The Independent" that was prejudicial to the forthcoming case concerning PC Simon Harwood.

This is the reply received.

“The complainant was concerned that the article contravened a notice from the Department of Public Prosecution requesting that nothing was published that would prejudice PC Simon Harwood’s trial.
The Commission made clear that columnists are entitled to express their views, provided that they are clearly distinguished from fact. While it acknowledged the complainant’s concern that the article was in contravention of the notice issued the DPP, it was not for the Commission to enforce the terms of such a notice or to establish what information would be likely to prejudice the trial. Rather, the Commission was required to enforce the terms of the Editors’ Code of Practice. Given that the complainant had not specified any inaccuracies in the article, the Commission could not establish a breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Code.”

In other words, the PCC acknowledges the contravention but can do nothing because of its terms of reference.

This surely establishes the need for greater regulation of the press. Until recently I would have battled against further controls. However the press’s gross abuse of its “light touch” regulation means that it is time for formal controls enforceable in law.

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Shifty and Untrustworthy




So News International is having another internal investigation, another opportunity for them to hide more evidence.

The Police should be investigating, not a bunch of people trying to protect their own interests.

At last we are beginning to understand why Andy Coulson resigned....twice.

But the hacking of Milly Dowler's voicemail happened whilst Rebekah Brooks was editor.

Whether she knew about this at the time or not, she was the boss.

She now has no alternative other than do the honourable thing and resign.

For the benefit of News International employees:

honourable US, honorable adj
1. possessing or characterized by high principles honourable intentions
2. worthy of or entitled to honour or esteem
3. consistent with or bestowing honour