Sun-derhanded (The Sun on Sunday – you ‘avin’ a larff?)

The world of the journalist is a strange old world.

One moment you are getting paid big bucks for illegally tapping into someone’s phone and the next you are out of a job, facing criminal charges, your newspaper has been closed down and your bosses are facing an independent judicial review into journalistic malpractice.

One moment you are getting paid big bucks to bribe police officers and other public officials for scintillating titbits on the misdemeanours of drunken celebrities and self-styled gurus, and the next you are out of a job, facing a prison sentence and your bosses are facing an independent judicial review into journalistic malpractice.

To most people the solution would seem to be to remove the right of the organisation responsible for such devastating disregard of our legal, political and social structure of government, policing and national way of life to ever print another newspaper, website or broadcast media.

Not so, though, to Mr Rupert Murdoch.

Mr Murdoch has decided that the best solution to the corruption in his newsrooms is to launch a new newspaper that can continue the high standards, quality and journalistic prowess of his previous publications.

Clearly something is wrong with the state of       British Journalism, and the fact that a newspaper can be registered by an organisation that is still under criminal investigation brings the whole of British Journalism into disrepute.

A report on the Sun website quoted editor Dominic Mohan as saying: “This is a truly historic moment in newspaper publishing and I am proud to be part of it.”  He is right, there is something historic in the fact that a discredited organisation like News International whose journalists have now been convicted on two wholly disgraceful criminal acts that were clearly considered normal practice by the organisation’s hierarchy, can simply change the masthead and continue as though nothing had happened.

The BBC report that speaking to their media commentator Steve Hewlett said: “Some of the plans have been in place for some time. If you are going to do it, you might as well just do it.”   It is absolutely clear  now that the closure of the News of the World was a media stunt and nothing more.

Since last November, 10 current and former Sun senior reporters and executives have been arrested over alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

 

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