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 Ã‚Â 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.