The family newspaper, The Sun, has written an editorial discussing the subject of press-freedom, and the former Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer. It is very much worth reading; so, for the benefit of humanity, I’ve taken the trouble of transcribing it below (there may be some minor discrepancies between the content of the two respective pieces, but such things cannot be helped):
It is a simply astonishing U-turn – one minute, a former member of the Crown Prosecution Service is investigating journalists for breaking the law; the next, he’s speaking out in defence of journalistic freedom. It’s almost as if, unlike us, he thought these two stances were mutually compatible.
During his life-sentence stint (i.e. five years – thank you very much, leftists) as Prosecutor in Chief, Keir Starmer saw fit to hold journalists to the same legal standards as commoners. There was no clear reason to investigate journalists who – unlike law-abiding criminals, such as benefit-claimants – were suspected of acting in an unlawful manner. It was nothing more than a political vendetta – journalists had simply been doing their jobs: being directed by their editors to undertake such ordinary, everyday tasks as violating privacy, hacking into phones, and bribing police officers. And they would have gotten away with it too, had it not been for this meddling Keir Starmer chap, and his talking dog.
It was a dark and terrible time – many people had to put their appeals to the lowest common-denominators on hold. It meant being tied-up in endless court-cases, so that they could no longer provide hard-working tax-payers with pictures of topless women to leer at. Families didn’t know whether editors might be interred in rent-free holiday camps (i.e. prisons); or the next time they would see a loved-one’s name next to an article blaming disabled people for the global recession.
In sum, the truth being brought to light seriously damaged the reputation of tabloid journalism. Unlike nefarious public-sector sorts, such as teachers, or GPs, and social workers – who we’ve long warned the public to distrust – tabloid journalists (whose every utterance is a working example of verisimilitude in action) stand proud. We would never do anything unless it was in the public interest. The very idea that we only ever do what is in our own interests, and seek to make as much money as possible – no matter who gets hurt in the process – should be disregarded forthwith.
While not being inclined to issue veiled threats, anyone can see how damaging it might be to their ambitions – and continued personal safety – if they continue to criticise what we do; and expect us to abide by basic legal principles.
Yes – our staff violated core journalistic ethics, and even common decency, by betraying the confidence of our sources; and yes, these people’s careers were subsequently damaged beyond repair (and their liberty curtailed) as a consequence of our total lack of integrity. But this was everyone else’s fault except ours.
Until such a time as we are truly above the law, we’ll keep telling people the truth, in the same manner we always have done – that black is really white; and that anybody who suggests otherwise is probably a communist – and may even by Scottish for all we know (you really can’t be too careful).
Source: the internet.