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Crowd Funding: Reporting the Coulson Perjury Trial – James Doleman

Coulson and SheridanA year before the News of the World phone-hacking scandal exploded in 2011 with the news that the paper’s employees had intercepted the messages of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, the paper’s former editor Andy Coulson was called as a witness at Glasgow High Court at the trial of Scottish politician Tommy Sheridan.

During his testimony Coulson, who was then working for Prime Minister David Cameron, denied any knowledge of phone-hacking while he was editing the now-defunct tabloid. However after new information emerged Coulson was arrested by Scottish police and now faces charges of lying to a jury, which could lead to a prison sentence.

The trial will not be simply a re-run of previous trials – new evidence and new witnesses are expected to shine further light on one of the biggest scandals in British newspaper history.

While the case will be covered by the press, I intend to provide the most detailed and accurate reporting possible with twice-daily summaries of evidence and live reporting of key developments from court.

To fund the reporting I have teamed up with Crowd-Funding site Byline. I estimate that it will take around £500 a week to finance the coverage, travel and accommodation, and am asking anyone who is interested in the case to contribute if they can or spread the word on social media.

The link to the Project can be found on the Byline website here. Click to make a donation

James Doleman is seeking £500 pounds per week to provide full coverage of the trial. The trial should take between 4-6 weeks, so it will cost a minimum of £2000. He will be filing two detailed reports per day and live-Tweeting as well, so backers will really be getting their money’s worth.


  1. stewilko

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  2. peterjukes

    Reblogged this on Live Tweeting the hacking trial and commented:
    Half way there in just a day: do chip in to send James Doleman to court tomorrow. He deserves it.

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