Here at Writing on the Wall it would be fair to say that we were rather pleased to see the demise of The News of The World. Our joy was somewhat tinged by the launch of the Sunday Sun, but took that as a sign of desperation on the part of Murdoch's crumbling empire. The collapse of News of the World came on the back of a massive outcry at their hacking the phone of murdered schoolgirl, Millie Dowler, which was itself just one more revelation of criminal behaviour by their journalists, and many others, on a scalenever before revealed. As the Leveson inquiry continues, revealed daily is evidence and allegations of cover-ups, bribery and collusion, that reach to the very top of the Police Force charged with preventing
such criminal activities. This event will explore the role of the press, the phone hacking and the campaign to expose it , and will also explore the future of the press and freedom of speech, featuring some of the
people at the very centre of what has become one of the greatest scandals of our time.
Tom Watson MP has been leading the charge against Murdoch's empire and was the star turn at the Parliamentry inquiry that interviewed Rubert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks(remember her? Neigh?). Watson's reference to Murdoch as a 'Mafia Boss' gained him widespread coverage and a threat of a lawsuit for defamation by Bernardo Provenzano. Tom Watson has been MP for West Bromwich East since 2001.
Rebecca Leighton was a nurse who was falsely accused of being involved in tampering with patient's medication leading to their death. Without a shred of evidence against her, she was dubbed ‘Angel of Death’, ‘killer nurse’, and ‘saline serial killer’ by The Daily Mail. A series of photographs, taken from her locked Facebook site, were published with out her permission in an attempt to smear her name. Rebecca, who had all charges against her dropped, describes this time as a 'living hell'.
Graham Johnson is a writer, investigative journalist and media pundit. Graham, whose latest book, Hack: Sex, Drugs and Scandal From Inside the Tabloid Jungle, will be telling us how it is from the other side of the debate. A three times Reporter of the Year winner, Graham is no stranger to controversy and even personal danger; he once embedded himself over a number of years with a gang to research a novel. Graham has written for News of the World, The Sunday Mirror and The Liverpool Echo. He is the author of five non-fiction works, including Powder Wars and Football and Gangsters, and two novels, Soljas (2010) and Gang War (2011).
All in all, an interesting panel, I'm sure you'll agree.
Venue: The Black-E (next to the Chinese arch)
Sunday 13th May 2012; 6.00pm.
Tickets are available from The Unity Theatre box office,
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