January 27th, 2012

I still don’t buy the Sunday Times

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

In the summer of 2009, the Sunday Times, in a cutting edge example of investigative journalism, revealed the identity of police blogger, Nightjack, having won a court case against an injunction taken out by the officer to out him.

The paper stated that they found out his identity by good old fashioned, foot-slogging, investigation and were able to determine his identity through careful examination of records and internet content which was freely available, if only you knew where to look.

As a result I decided never t buy the paper again, a promise I have kept.

How ironic that the current investigation into the gutter-levels that some journalists have gone to, aka the Levison enquiry, that the truth of the matter has now been revealed that the journalist responsible for the article identified the officer by hacking his email account. Not only that, but the editor, James Harding, has revealed that the journalist in question actually ‘fessed up to his managers prior to the paper going to court to win permission to reveal Nightjack’s name, but the paper chose not to reveal this seemingly irrelevent  nugget. The bosses at the paper said if the article was to go ahead the journalist should use legally accessible sources.

How much easier it must have been to find evidence of his identity once they already knew it.

Gutter press? You bet.

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  1. Xam says:

    Does this imply that nightjack has a case for compensation and that the Times can be charged with perverting the course of Justice or Perjury?

    January 28th, 2012 at 09:24

  2. Benno says:

    Tossers all of them. No doubt caused Nightjack (whose blog I thought was excellent) many sleepless nights. Cannot trust the media in any way.

    January 28th, 2012 at 14:03

  3. Henry Bolingbroke says:

    Can we assume that this crime has been reported to, or at least picked up by, Operation Tuleta and furter, that those responsible for hacking Nightjack’s emails, and those complicit in the crime will be arrested and where justified, prosecuted?

    And if not, why not?

    January 28th, 2012 at 16:45

  4. Whinger says:

    Cos he’s a Cop, and not Jude Law!

    January 28th, 2012 at 17:32

  5. Tony F says:

    Ha, at the best Nightjack will get an ‘apology’ (Ie: Sorry we were caught) written in upside down in 1 point Sanskrit.

    January 28th, 2012 at 19:16

  6. Oi says:

    As a matter of passing interest…..

    January 28th, 2012 at 20:37

  7. bruce says:

    This is covered in some detail on David Allen Green’s legal blog. I gained the impression that it won’t go quietly.

    January 29th, 2012 at 21:12

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