Skip to main content

Brit is busy today, but this is just too newsworthy to miss

Unfortunatelyit's not reaching all the way to the top yet.  But another arm of the News international spidersweb in the UK today has had a visit from the police.

BBC News - Operation Elveden: Five held in police payment probe

Four former and current Sun journalists and a police officer have been arrested by detectives investigating payments made to police by journalists.

Scotland Yard said the men, aged 29 to 56, were arrested at addresses in London and Essex earlier.

The 29-year-old, a serving officer in the Metropolitan Police's Territorial Policing Command, was arrested at his work - a central London police station.

The Guardian and Sky news have  named the four people as

Sun journalists and police officer arrested in corruption investigation | Media | guardian.co.uk

The four Sun employees arrested are understood to be Mike Sullivan, the Sun's crime editor, the former managing editor Graham Dudman, the executive editor Fergus Shanahan and Chris Pharo, a news desk executive.

police report that the four individuals have had their homes and their work areas searched. and one can only assume that emails etc are also the subject of examination by the  servants of the law.

The Guardian also reports that  

Sun journalists and police officer arrested in corruption investigation | Media | guardian.co.uk

The arrests came after information was passed to the police by News Corporation's internal investigations unit, the Management and Standards Committee. It was set up in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal that erupted last July by Rupert Murdoch and operates independently of News International.

Understandably this has introduced an air of panic into the papers employees.  They knew that Rupert had set up an independent ethics and standards investigation group, but they didn't expect it to be either Independent, ethical, or actually do any Investigation, so to find out that it has  actually done what the name says on the tin has turned out to be a  bit of a shock.  Judging by a selection of tweets and comments, at best the Wapping newsroom is feeling betrayed by its own management. at worst they are wondering who's next.

A number of journalists must now come to the conclusion that Rupert is quite happily selling anyone down the river  who will let him keep his hands on the company for a while longer. Sooner or later some reporters are going to have to come to the conclusion that the only thing to do is to sing now and sing loud for everyone to hear, as an alternative to small rooms with grey barred windows, and then the fun most definitely begins as people race to be the first to sing and not end up being the fall guy when things truly come apart.

You have to now ask, where is the activity on the other side of the Atlantic. Piece of evidence after piece of evidence appears of corporate malfeasance ranging up and down the corporate ladder, and still the DOJ appears to be sitting doing very little.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site