This is your chance to help Hacked Off and an exciting opportunity to get hold of the definitive account of the “Trial of the Century”.
No one can doubt that the small team at Hacked Off continues to fight a long and difficult battle to obtain a better, truly independent press industry, and they have done so in the teeth of a twin-bladed strategy from most of the newspapers. They attack ruthlessly anyone who seeks to challenge their conduct or their oppressive dominance of the market, and just as ruthlessly they fail to report any news that doesn’t suit their purposes.
Now we hear that Rupert Murdoch is going to make another bid to buy the whole of BSkyB which would give him a huge share of the news sources in this country and pose an even greater threat to our democratic processes. The grim case of Tulisa Contostavlos shows that even a celebrity is not safe from being fitted up by the tabloids and being forced to face a criminal trial on the evidence of a single newspaper journalist – who was well-known to have been unreliable in the past and was accused by the judge in this case of almost certainly having lied to the court.
So we need:
new laws to ensure that only people who are truly “fit and proper” are allowed to own broadcast media
to ensure the Leveson reforms are fully implemented and
all the political parties, as Milly Dowler’s sister Gemma has said, to keep their promises to the victims of press abuse and indeed to the voting public.
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Peter Jukes has written a gripping, first-hand, fly on the wall account of the drama of the Old Bailey complete with all the fascinating, and hitherto unrepeatable legal arguments from the very wily Coulson and Brooks defence teams.
“If there was a single twitter feed to hack into, then his was the one. Incomparable!” – Gary Lineker
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Beyond Contempt is being published by Martin Hickman who has written all the reports for the Hacked Off website, at times when most of the newspapers failed to cover the trial at all. Martin also co-authored with me, “Dial M for Murdoch”, and has all the expertise needed to ensure you get all the facts in their context.