Saturday, 21 March 2015

Collapse of State 'Hack Trials'

When the government decided that the Fifth Estate needed a good slapping, it didn't mess about. Chief constables across the land were nudged in the kidneys and instructed that their key priority was not Jihadists or protecting kids from sexual abuse but hunting out any journalists who had bought a couple of pints for a public official in exchange for a tip. The police got their snouts down, and we're now, since 2011, at least £36m down, with a long list of journalists awaiting prosecution but less than a handful imprisoned so far. This week a jury threw out charges against four Sun writers - John Kay, Duncan Larcombe, Fergus Shanahan and Geoff Webster. 

That the government is unhappy at the utter collapse of its assault on the Fifth Estate would be an understatement. After all, they've spent £36 million of public money buying private information to prosecute journalists who spent £360 thousand of private money buying public information ...

8 comments:

Malcolm Stevas said...

"Fourth Estate" surely?

Raedwald said...

It's a debatable point; I'd class the BBC and the whole State-compliant PR sector as equivalent to Burke's licensed and censored 4th, with independent media, blogs and social media as 5th. But I take your point.

Anonymous said...

CPS, plod and the DoJ are a clusterfuck of human rights 'scorched earth' arse about face idiot laws. Mix into that, the diversity factor; paki-Socialistas posing as very uncivil lazy servants and outside of HMG.equality - barristers, solicitors and now God help us, as Judges.

Politicians, it was Dave the tosser who caved in to the illiberal nutters - supporters of Max the whipped boy et al and those other degenerates who cried foul.

I said before these trumped up cases came to trial - nowt will come of them, political mooning interspersed with the Socialists crying into their mochas that the world and the right wing robber barons are/ is against them [? I don't know of any sort of right wing press here in the UK - you'd tell me wouldn't cha?]. Like the left itself, it was only a warm wet pile of piffle and amounted to a hill of beans.

But loads of half baked legal human rights 'experts' made a killing.

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

There is to what's left of my mind some method in their madness - it's a not so subtle attempt to whip the rump of unruly press into line by the unelected "Establishment".

If you look at The Press Association and particularly the ghastly Newsquest UK provincial fleet there is arse licking on a simply industrial scale with comment deletion and indeed "comment free" PR squeezings being a regular feature of output.

With the quantity of "communications professionals" employed at every tier of the state - how dare these scribblers question what's offered to them on a plate?

Anonymous said...

A very insightful and pertinent comment, Gordon TFPT and imho, spot on.

Anoneumouse said...

The "Fifth Estate" is reference to BLOGGERS, 'twitter twats' and other social media. Oh, that includes the likes of Wikileaks too.

The "Fourth Estate" most commonly refers to the news media, especially print journalism and radio.

Anonymous said...

OH! For fucks sake, the fourth estate is in part an element of the fifth column and let there be an end to quibbling.

Weekend Yachtsman said...

All of this (the post, not the comments) explain the slow but steady push to have more and more "offences" tried without a jury.

Judges are so much more reasonable than those pesky people off the streets who will persist in having such "old-fashioned" views.