News: The surveillance of MPs, contempt of Parliament and more about Derek Webb

13 11 2011

The disclosure that “News of the World” private investigator Derek Webb followed 153 individuals on behalf of the newspaper has added another dimension to the “phone hacking saga”.   In a post yesterday, we discussed the potential legal wrongs committed by Mr Webb in gathering information by “secret surveillance”.  A number of other aspects of the story are worthy of comment. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson and the lessons from broadcasting – Steven Barnett

13 11 2011

In his 1989 MacTaggart lecture in Edinburgh, just a few months after launching his four Sky channels, Rupert Murdoch launched an astonishingly ignorant attack on British television journalism. Having warned about the evils of “less than independent, neutered journalism” from broadcasters which are subject to regulatory scrutiny, he then turned the real-life evidence of British broadcasting upside down: “I cannot imagine a British Watergate, or a British Irangate, being pursued by the BBC or ITV with the vigour that the US networks did.” Read the rest of this entry »