June 17th, 2009

More on Nightjack

Posted in Blogging by 200

My vistor count doubled yesterday as a result of the info about Nightjack being outed by the Times. (sadly, everyone is searching for Nightjack rather than 200weeks)

I was no. 2 on Google for “Nightjack” due to a previous article, now I’m relegated down to 8 or something as it seems the blogosphere is alight with murmerings on the High Court decision not to protect the anonymity of police bloggers (or is that all bloggers, I don’t know)

If you’re interested, you can see the court judgement at the British and Irish Legal Information Institute.

There’s not too much so far on the police blogs but everyone else is discussing it. Dan Collins, publisher of the books by PC Copperfield, Inspector Gadget & PC Bloggs has an interesting article. While Hopi, Iain Dale,  Chicken Yoghurt, are all concerned. I’d also recommend reading Random Acts of Reality’s piece.

Nightjack himself today publishes an article on the Time Online explaining the story of his blog which ends in a humble apology to his employers for the damage, if such damage was done, to the reputation of his employer.

Ironically, Sean O’Neill, writing in the Crime Central section of the Times, says he has mixed feelings over the exposure of Nightjack by on of his own colleagues. Obsolete, points out the hypocrisy of the Times in their decision to hound & expose Nightjack.

Police bloggers don’t set out to damage the reputation of their constabulary, they do it to tell the stories the public should know which, if they used more ‘acceptable’ means would get them disciplined under the cloak of bringing the service into disrepute. The real people bringing the service into disrepute are those who lie or cloak the truth for the simple reason of making out things are better than they are.

In my own little protest I shan’t be purchasing the Sunday Times any more.

(if there are any Times journalists reading this, please note, I am no longer a police officer)

Addendum:

The Guardian appears critical of the Times’ decision to out Nightjack

See a video on the thoughts on the BBC website of the director of the Orwell Prize which Nightjack recently won.

Google News is showing about 140 news stories on Nightjack’s outing & 14 stories on the death of PC Philip Pratt  this week

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5 comments

  1. Alpha Tango says:

    “This is free radio calling”

    I read most police blogs, especially yours 200!.
    Not one the bloggers that I have read, have identified the force in which they serve, Even in my comments on yours and other sites I havent identified where I served for 6 years and I could tell a few stories about ********** Police, causing them some considerable embarrrasment, as a MOP now I dont have to worry about PDS/PSD but still concious of official secrets- not sure where I stand, but err on the side of caution.

    I cant see how NJ, or any of the other blogs can cause damage,etc.They are highlighting what the press do on a daily basis- DT and expenses. If they identified the force concerned thats a different story but none have! until the Times got stuck in.
    It seems freedom of speech is fine as long as you tow the party line.

    I’m quite happy with the Times, makes excellent toilet paper.

    June 17th, 2009 at 17:12

  2. Tony F says:

    It’s a complete farce.

    As for damaging the reputation of his force, NO. The government and the feeble upper management are doing that all by themselves.

    People like NJ enhance the reputation of the police that the public actually face. The Times were well out of order. Ha! Reporters protecting their sources, untill a quiet news day comes along. Must generate some more scandal. No matter what the long term damage is. Now this will be the thin end of the wedge. Legislation will be brought in to prevent anonnymity, records will be kept, carreers ruined.

    On another thought…HMG want everyone in the country to have a broadband connection. Why?

    June 17th, 2009 at 17:53

  3. Reactively Proactive says:

    I shall also have to stop buying the times. (Instead I shall visit a local coffee shop and read their copy thereby still enjoying my usual paper without contributing to their profits at the expence of Nightjack).

    June 17th, 2009 at 23:50

  4. john says:

    If you want to know about the times: Ask a policeman ?

    June 18th, 2009 at 17:09

  5. ted says:

    I was reading a few Nightjack posts on Google cache before they disappear. What a great call this one was

    “Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha
    2008 May 2
    by nightjack

    I love democracy and the inevitable churn of history. That Tony Blair sure knows when to leave a room. I have a mental picture of two little boys on a school playground. One is holding a ball bounced back off a broken staff room window.

    Little Tony “Gordon mate, pal, just hold this for a minute”

    Wee Gordon “Oh aye. Thanks Tony is it your turn to be goalie now…Tony, Tony where are you going Tony?”

    Ha ha ha ha ha”

    June 18th, 2009 at 23:11

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