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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Sunday Telegraph should be ashamed

The Sunday Telegraph and its reporter Jonathan Marshall should be ashamed of themselves. Whilst Alan Jones did make some ill-advised comments here are the facts that are most concerning:
  • The recording of the meeting likely breached various NSW state laws which make NO provision for 'public interest'
  • At the meeting, a call was put out: 'Are there any journalist' - this scumbag Marshall did not own up
  • Mr Marshall's conduct breached the News Limited Code of Conduct:
3. Misrepresentation
3.1 Do not use false names when representing a News Limited publication.
3.2 Do not try to get information or photographs by deception
5. Covert activities
5.1 Journalists and photographers may at times have to operate surreptitiously to expose crime, significantly anti-social conduct, public deception or some other matter in the public interest.
All such operations must be approved in advance by the editor. This approval will be given only where good cause exists to suspect crime or deception has taken place, and after all other means of gathering the facts have been exhausted.
The editorial executive must be satisfied the importance of publishing the information sought outweighs any damage to trust and credibility which your newspaper might suffer by allowing employees to operate surreptitiously.
Where appropriate, the nature and reasons for operating covertly should be disclosed to readers.
5.2 News Limited does not condone illegal acts by employees.

The conduct also likely breached the Australian Press Council General Statement of Principles

These News of the World style tactics are repugnant

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