This afternoon the Leveson Inquiry really heard how it was, when Paul McMullan News of the World’s deputy features editor between 1994 and 2001 took the stand. He followed the Guardian’s Nick Davies, author of ‘Flat Earth News’ who has done much to expose the phone hacking scandal and police corruption which has led to the Inquiry. Nick said that he did not think the media was “interested or capable of self regulation.” He proposed the setting up of a “public interest advisory body” that would guide journalists, and the public, on whether stories were in the public interest. But it was McMullan who has put the editors in the dock with his revelations as reported today by Media Lawyer Live Alert and set out below.
Yesterday the news broke that the Metropolitan Police were demanding the handover of documents relating to the source of information used in the Guardian’s Milly Dowler phone-hacking story. In an extraordinary and outrageous move they have resorted to using the Official Secrets Act to get the information! Continue reading Police use Official Secrets Act to force Guardian reveals sources
On 26 July I spoke at a meeting on Murdoch organised by NUJ members and supported by the Defend the Right to Protest (DtRtP), at Conway Hall, London. Main speakers included Tony Benn, Michelle Stanistreet (NUJ general secretary) and Matt Foot, campaigning lawyer and DtRtP. I only had three minutes and here in full text of my contribution on behalf of the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.