Candidate for The Journalist editorship Mark Watts: "EXCLUSIVE. Trotskyist group the socialist workers party helped to re-launch “NUJ Left” last November as a vehicle to take control of the national union of journalists."
Roy Greenslade on Mark Watts: "His investigations are a sham. Worse, his journalistic pomposity is an insult to our trade."
Sunday World Northern editor Jim McDowell defends his right to publish a picture of an apparent suicide victim: "It was in the public interest. That is what newspapers do. They lift stones and they look underneath the stones and they publish the stories. I apologise if relatives of deceased people who took their lives are hurt or distressed by this. I took the decision to run this picture because this poor man had been left hanging in public view for such a long time. It wasn't meant to be voyeurism."
Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable Matt Bagott: "I believe our watchwords, both in the media and as the police service, should be compassion and kindness and I would not support the publication of photographs of that distressing nature.”
Ex-Gloucestershire Echo editor Anita Syvret: “The worst case scenario is that ‘the local rag’ goes belly-up in one British town after another, and with it will die a community touchstone, the lifeblood of British society, and guardian of local democracy. As for the readers - they won’t even notice their local paper has gone until it’s too late. The best we can hope is that the men and women now at the helm, caught between reduced profits and an ever greater demand for resources, don’t throw out the baby with the bath water. And that the readers and advertisers stick with them.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists in a letter to Gordon Brown, urging an investigation into the death of Sultan Munadi in Afghanistan rescue raid: "Many questions remain, among them whether Munadi’s rescue was a central objective, what circumstances existed when he was killed, and why his remains were left behind after British forces withdrew."
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