by Brian Cathcart Kelvin MacKenzie and Rupert Murdoch have taken an initiative that is beyond parody: they have set up a consumer complaint website whose aim, according to the former Sun editor, is ‘to force companies and politicians to do the right thing’. It’s called A Spokesman Said https://www.aspokesmansaid.com and it channels and monitors
Beyond parody: MacKenzie and Murdoch cast themselves as consumer champions
After reporting from the Old Bailey for over 15 months now, covering various hacking and misconduct trials, James Doleman provides an insight which you might not see in mainstream media coverage If you only read Britain’s best-selling tabloid newspaper you would think that the last 6 months of Sun journalists appearing in the criminal courts
Sun reporter was subject to no allegations for 5,984 days of 6,000 he worked for the paper – Court told
By Martin Hickman A tipster who supplied a story to the Sun about the death of a prisoner in solitary confinement at a Category A prison may have been pretending to be a prison officer, a court was told today. William Clegg QC, representing Sun reporter John Troup, told Kingston Crown Court that the informant
By Martin Hickman Graham Dudman was “diametrically opposed” to paying the routine payment of cash to sources while he was managing editor of the Sun, the paper’s corruption trial heard today. Making his closing speech at Kingston Crown Court, Oliver Blunt QC, for Mr Dudman, said emails showed his client repeatedly queried why the redtop’s
The Sun’s head of news will no longer stand trial for conspiring to commit misconduct in public office
By Martin Hickman The Sun’s head of news, Chris Pharo, will no longer stand trial for a charge of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office involving a prison officer, a jury was told today. At The Sun corruption trial at Kingston Crown Court, Mr Justice Richard Marks QC told the jury that they would
by Brian Cathcart If you watched the television drama, ask yourself this: how different would things have been if newspapers had reported the truth? Imagine if the national newspapers that vilified Christopher Jefferies had investigated his story properly, or at least had honestly reported the views of the people who knew him at the time.
By Michelle Gribbon A journalist working for the Daily Mail turned up at St George’s Hospital in South London on Friday night with a telescopic lens hoping to take pictures of drunk party goers. The photographer was spotted by hospital security staff lurking in bushes near the Accident and Emergency department taking long-lens pictures.
Sun reporter never wrote story for which he asked for £300 cash to pay a prison officer, court hears
By Martin Hickman A Sun reporter never wrote a story for which he asked a manager for £300 cash to pay a prison officer, he told a court today. John Troup told The Sun corruption trial that “on the balance of probabilities” he believed his colleague Simon Hughes – who is not on trial –
Sun journalist guilty of handling stolen goods, but cleared of aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office
A senior reporter for the Sun newspaper, Nick Parker, was found guilty today of handling stolen goods after he accessed messages from a Labour MP’s mobile phone. The phone, the court heard, was taken from the car of Siobhain McDonagh MP in October 2010, during the Labour leadership contest. Michael Ankers, who was convicted for
By Martin Hickman After two months of almost constant hearings, the trial of Sun journalists accused of making or agreeing illegal payments to police officers and other public officials was suspended yesterday (Wednesday). Shortly after 10am Judge Richard Marks called in 10 jurors at Kingston Crown Court, told them that two of their colleagues