Rupert Murdoch letter to News International staff ‘full of legal errors’ | Media | guardian.co.uk

by peterjukes

“What is so unattractive about Mr Murdoch’s behaviour is that he is handing over journalists without ever asking them, or their editors, or their executives who must have signed off on the payments, what they were doing and whether they were genuinely pursuing a public interest story. Any significant payment must have been approved by executives, and News Corp does not appear to have turned them over.”

He added: “The real danger of this behaviour is that it is a blow to investigative journalism, which depends on the cultivation of sources. “Whistleblowers will be much less likely to come forward, however much they trust the journalist, if they fear that his proprietor may turn them over to police.”

“Everyone seems to have forgotten that over 200 years ago John Wilkes went to prison to stop government agents getting hold of his journalistic material without a specific warrant. He sued the government and won a great constitutional case. He would be turning in his grave.”

via Rupert Murdoch letter to News International staff ‘full of legal errors’ | Media | guardian.co.uk.

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