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Hacked Off Praises Andrew Norfolk For Rotherham Abuse Investigation

Hacked Off has praised Times Journalist Andrew Norfolk for his investigation into child sexual abuse up and down the country, which has led to the exposure of the abuse of 1,400 children in Rotherham. His reporting has highlighted the failure of the police and child protection agencies to intervene speedily when alerted to dozens, and in this case hundreds, of offences.

Hacked Off Executive Director Joan Smith said: “This is investigative journalism at its best. Andrew Norfolk has uncovered a dreadful story of abuse, in Rotherham and elsewhere, which has been ignored or brushed aside for more than a decade. Hacked Off congratulates Andrew Norfolk and reiterates its support for press freedom, which is vital if those who abuse the trust of the public are to be called to account.”

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Danreply
August 28, 2014 at 12:40 pm

And I bet Mr Norfolk was able to investigate and write this important sory without recourse to illegally intercepting phones, hacking computers, blagging private data or disregarding the Editors Code… Bravo.

john croninreply
August 28, 2014 at 3:16 pm

From today’s Spectator: quite funny.

Andrew Norfolk, the Times journalist that blew open the Rotherham child abuse scandal, can sleep well in his bed tonight, for he has been completely vindicated now. Forget the Jay Report, and the resignation of the Leader of Rotherham Council. No, Norfolk has been blessed with great reward from a far higher power; from the the fathers of the nation: Hacked Off.

The campaign for regulation of the press have released a statement praising this Murdoch stooge:
‘Hacked Off Executive Director Joan Smith said: “This is investigative journalism at its best. Andrew Norfolk has uncovered a dreadful story of abuse, in Rotherham and elsewhere, which has been ignored or brushed aside for more than a decade. Hacked Off congratulates Andrew Norfolk and reiterates its support for press freedom, which is vital if those who abuse the trust of the public are to be called to account.”‘

Given the legal lengths that Rotherham Council went to in order to restrict information reaching the Times, it is laughable to think that they would not have taken full advantage of the additional restraints Hacked Off want to put on the media.

Incidentally, Joan Smith is the ex-partner of Denis MacShane – the Labour MP for Rotherham when the abuse was going on, who has now admitted he did too little, though he says no victims ever approached him. In 2009, at the high point of the expenses crisis, she wrote in the Guardian a piece entitled ‘I am sick of my country and this hysteria over MPs’:

‘I am sick of my country. I am sick of the daily undermining of democracy, and sick of the sadistic pleasure people take in humiliating decent public servants.’

The decent public servant who was her ex ended up in the slammer for expenses fraud. One might be forgiven for asking whose side Joan is really on

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Please tell me that there was no procreation in their dubious partnership. I realize it is rather unfair to bring up a person’s
appearance, and I know completely inappropriate most of the time. In this case, and due to the appalling suffering and misery these two are indirectly or tacitly responsible for, I think we should make an exception. That aside, how many pimples does this wretched woman have.

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