Sunday, 10 July 2011

A Question About The News Of The World Journalists

Firstly, I am one-seventh as concerned about their redundancy as I am for the 1,400 skilled engineering workers at Bombardier in Derby who will lose their jobs. But Wapping is in London and journalists have a high opinion of their insular little trade so the coverage overkill was to be expected.

The question that remains unanswered is this: of the two hundred hacks at the News of the World yesterday, only about three were there when the alleged phone hacking took place. Now, one went to prison, one went to work at No10 then resigned, and one has returned from holiday to run the whole business. So what happened to the possibly 197 other journalists? Did some know what was going on and, to quote David Jacobs "Where are they now?"

Is phone hacking continuing? Are private detectives still being paid to get information by any means possible? Why do amateur bloggers have to provide professional journalists with so many uncredited leads?

If journalists consider themselves a profession, then they must undergo deep and lengthy self-investigation to rediscover the reason why they do their jobs and to whom and what they owe loyalty. They will never produce anything as enduring as a railway carriage, but, properly done, their work may last longer than the next recycling collection.

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