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NoW scandal has ‘sullied the name of journalism’

Senior regional newspaper journalists have admitted that the News of the World phone hacking scandal has ‘sullied’ and ‘demonised’ the name of  the profession.

Through the pages of their newspapers, a number of editors and reporters have reached out to readers to reassure them that they should not be tarred with the same brush.

In a by-lined piece, Manchester Evening News editor Maria McGeoghan wrote that these were “dark days for British journalism.”

“The actions of a few people working for The News of the World have not only destroyed a once great newspaper but have also sullied the reputation of an important and skilled profession,” she said.

Maria made clear that the MEN does not use such methods, adding that “truth, compassion and an overriding commitment to common decency underpin everything they do.”

“Our success depends on the trust we build with our readers. Regional and local papers understand what some at the News of the World appeared to forget – people deserve respect.”

She added: “What has happened at the News of the World will remain a permanent stain on the reputation of my industry. But those crimes must not undermine the valuable work being done every day in newsrooms up and down the land.”

Martin Tideswell columnist and former assistant editor at The Sentinel newspaper in Stoke on Trent wrote that the press has been “demonised” and that the staff at the NOTW  “deserved better.”

Writing in his column he said: “After 168 years and 8,674 issues, I feel the old girl – and its current staff who had nothing to do with the scandal – deserved a better end.’

“While it is true to say that no right-thinking person would approve of the kind of practices alleged in the latest phone-hacking revelations, the ensuing furore has, to my mind, been over the top.

“To attempt, as some have done, to tar every print journalist with the same brush as the small NOTW phone-hacking brigade is a bit like trying to implicate a cashier at your local bank in the global economic crisis.”

Former Sunderland Echo crime reporter Nigel Green who now works as a freelance and has written for the NOTW, told Echo readers: “I strongly believe that the closure of the News of the World is not just a gross over-reaction, it is also a major blow for British journalism.

Rupert Murdoch has been forced to take this action by a hysterical bandwagon made up of sanctimonious luvvies who sneer at tabloid newspapers and their readers.”


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  • July 13, 2011 at 9:51 am

    Nigel Green clearly demonstrates that the NOTW supporters brigade are not living in the real world. Titilating scandalmongering is one thing …. hacking into the phones of Milly Dowler and war and terrorism victims is quite another …. and even the Red Top readers were sickened by that.

    The NOTW lived by the sword …..

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  • July 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Tideswell, Green – over-reaction! Get real – breaking the law, dirty snooping, bribery of law enforcement is likely to wind up more people than just a ‘bandwagon made up of sanctimonious luvvies’ (which now also includes in major political parties in the UK). Typical freelance columnists still trying to make a name for themselves…

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  • July 14, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    HTFP would be doing the industry a favour if it set up a BandwagonBalls section in which would be dumped the apparently endless avalanche of “thinkpieces” from regional hacks unable to stop themselves.

    OF COURSE the provincial press doesn’t do phone-hacking – even if it wanted to, what would be the point?

    The Mayoress is having her hair done on Friday – EXCLUSIVE.

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  • July 20, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    Maria is right. We’ve all now been showered with fertiliser by this little bunch of barmy bucaneers at the Screws who thought they could do anything, anywhere to get a tale. Journos’ reputation was already sadly down there along with estate agents etc. etc and now it’s been tarnished a bit more.
    98 per cent of us behave ourselves and perform a lowly paid service to our readers, and get an honest buzz out of it. Send these rotters who messed things up at the NoTW back as semi-convicts to Oz to live with Rupert. They’re an absolute shower…

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