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Phone Hacking Investigation - £50million Spent for What?

(8) Comments | Posted December 11, 2015 | 7:00 PM

Almost £50million of taxpayers money, hundreds of police tied up for years, many journalists' lives and careers ruined... all for one (and a bit) guilty verdicts.

So was this politically-inspired witchhunt of tabloids in general and Murdoch papers in particular that finally ended today - officially at least - worth...

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Why Did Leveson, Politicians and Police Bury the Real Scandal of the 'Other Hacking' Report?

(15) Comments | Posted June 23, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Phone-hacking is wrong. Theft of private information is wrong. Illegally obtaining confidential personal data is wrong.

But such awful behaviour was confined to the activities of a bunch of nasty newspapermen and a handful of unscrupulous private detectives, right?

Anyway, it has now all been fully exposed and put a...

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Police and Politicians Turn Blind Eye to FGM Because of Victims' Skin Colour

(39) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 8:00 PM

This week a beautiful little blonde and blue-eyed English girl was horrifically sexually mutilated - by her parents. She will be scarred for life both physically and mentally. She could have died in the attack. This was not a lone assault, however. Such ritualistic violence against children happen on average...

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Shame as Liberty Turns Its Back on Liberty for Journalists

(64) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 8:00 PM

The release from hell today of Sun Crime Editor Mike Sullivan after 14 MONTHS under arrest and on bail for a crime he didn't commit led to this very apposite comment on Twitter. @Anthony_Bonicci said "Can't wait for Liberty, Amnesty etc to condemn the length of time Mike Sullivan has...

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How a By-Election Proves State Regulation of the Press is WRONG

(38) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 7:00 PM

The irony is almost too rich to bear. On Thursday, the same day that Lord Justice Leveson delivers his long-awaited report into regulation of the British press, there is a parliamentary by-election in Rotherham.

It has been caused by the forced resignation of Labour MP Denis McShane (a fervent press...

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In Defence of Self-Regulation

(10) Comments | Posted November 8, 2012 | 8:27 AM

Britain has enjoyed Press Freedom for 317 years. It was finally wrestled from the grasp of the State, after centuries of campaigning, in 1695. Many have - literally - died to protect it ever since.
So why do so many people want to give it away now?

First, what...

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Jimmy Savile and Other Unpublished Scandals - Danger of Leveson Inquiry

(81) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 8:00 PM

Imagine if The Sun had printed an expose "Jimmy Savile is a Paedophile".

Imagine it had taken the sworn word of several young women victims, gone against the legal advice (for it would have been No!) like the Daily Mail did over naming the Stephen Lawrence killers, and printed the...

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Conference Season: No 'Death Notice' for Boozing and Schmoozing

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 8:00 PM

It was a sad, much-mourned, death, greeted with glum faces all round in the Westminster Village that day.

A new ministerial code, announced on 15 July, 2011, effectively declared that decades of 'unattributable' boozy lunches and 'off-the-record' slap-up dinners between politicians and the press were to be no more. In...

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Why the Self-Serving Wimmin Who Want to Ban Page 3 Are So Wrong

(112) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 7:44 AM

There are two nationwide petitions scrapping furiously for the nation's attention and support this morning.

One wants to 'Ban the Page Three Girl' from the pages of the Sun - you know, the topless photo of a pretty girl the paper runs five days a week (though not on Saturdays)....

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Why Doesn't David Cameron Set Up a Leveson Inquiry for Hillsborough?

(12) Comments | Posted September 13, 2012 | 6:00 AM

Why isn't Lord Justice Leveson holding a Public Inquiry into Hillsborough?

After all, it involves the press, the police, a blatant cover-up lasting years, politicians and the establishment actively assisting that cover-up, judges going along with the concealment of the truth, taxpayer funded public services lying, distorting and doctoring evidence......

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Hidden Victims of Phone Hacking - The Families of the Hacks Arrested

(82) Comments | Posted August 30, 2012 | 8:00 PM

At 7am yesterday a squad of Scotland Yard's finest hammered on the door of a North London flat, ordered the stunned man inside to get dressed, began a forensic search of the premises as his terrified pyjama-clad girlfriend looked on, then marched the dazed suspect out to an unmarked police...

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What Murdoch Printing Those Photos Exposed About the Leveson Debate

(13) Comments | Posted August 25, 2012 | 8:00 PM

It was like the scene from the film Network, where the Peter Finch character slowly and incredulously reads out the news then explodes "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not gonna take this any more!"

Rupert Murdoch is not used to be pushed around, he doesn't like to be...

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What Delight for The Guardian and BBC: Leveson 1 Press Freedom 0

(30) Comments | Posted August 23, 2012 | 5:42 AM

Lord Justice Leveson, your work here is done.

In just a few short months you have managed to do what the massed phalanxes of the Guardian and BBC have been trying to do for years but failing.

You have neutered the great British press, and made it a laughing stock.

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Lord Leveson Will Decide Whether Britain's Press Will Publish Those Naked Prince Harry Photos

(12) Comments | Posted August 22, 2012 | 8:33 AM

Extraordinary scenes are going on this morning in newsrooms and editors offices all over Britain.

The subject is a set of photos taken of a naked Prince Harry cavorting with naked girls in a Las Vegas hotel room. Extremely interesting in lots of ways, not in itself earth-shattering, but undoubtedly...

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