Friday, 8 October 2010

Quotes of the Week: From the black arts of Fleet Street newsrooms to phone-hacking Friends

Guardian's Nick Davies at the City University debate on the News of the World and phone-hacking: "I should start off by apologising to the News of the World, in a way I feel sorry for them. It’s sheer fluke and bad luck that that particular newspaper is the subject of all this attention. It’s just because one journalist [Royal correspondent] Clive Goodman got caught... All of us know very well that illegal activity was going on in most Fleet Street newsrooms."

The Independent's Ian Burrell on his blog:
"That the Prime Minister remains faithful to Andy Coulson is a testimony to the former editor’s powers and shows how far Number Ten spin doctors have come in climbing the echelons of politics. Had it been a minister at the centre of this row, one suspects he or she would have been moved sideways by now. Talented comms advisers are apparently much less dispensable."

Max Mosley on this blog: "A breach of privacy can be hideously painful for the victim and his family. It is much worse than burglary. Possessions can be replaced but privacy can never be restored. Today, the damage from an invasion of privacy is permanent, constant and world-wide. No matter where the victim goes, all it takes is a quick look with an Internet search engine and all is revealed."

Jon Gaunt confirms on Facebook he is backing the EU Referendum Campaign: "Gaunty is back and he has gone in to real politics. The peoples revolution starts here right now! join the campaign."

Ed Miliband intervenes in the threatened strike by broadcast unions (before it was called off):
"Whatever the rights and wrongs of the dispute, they should not be blacking out the prime minister's speech. My speech was seen and heard on the BBC and in the interests of impartiality and fairness, so the Prime Minister's should be."

Stephen Glover in the Independent on two secret super-injunctions: "The first involves a fabulously wealthy married man who is a well-known public figure. He has won a gagging order to prevent details of an affair being made public because he says it would distress his family. A second case concerns a television star, who has obtained an order preventing his ex-wife publishing an account of their relationship, which includes an allegation that they had an affair after he remarried. I know the names of the two gentlemen, but am not allowed to tell you. Would it be in the public interest for their names to be known? That is a judgement you cannot make without knowing the facts. Judges have decided for you."

NUJ general secretary Jeremy Dear on unpaid journalism internships: "This practice continues to exploit dreams and exclude new talent, undermining the diversity of our profession, just when we should be nurturing and supporting the people coming into the industry.”

Ex-News of the World journalist Paul McMullan at the City University debate on phone-hacking: "I remember seeing an episode of Friends where somebody did it to Monica's phone."

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