Momentum Withdraw Israeli Journalist’s Press Accreditation

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An Israeli parliamentary correspondent saw his press pass revoked by Momentum just over an hour after it was approved. Jerry Lewis was granted accreditation to Momentum’s “The World Transformed” fringe event at the Labour Conference before they withdrew just 1 hour 22 minutes later when an email told him he had been approved by mistake.

A shocked Lewis shot an email back, asking for an explanation:

I am sure it has absolutely nothing to do with my application mentioning my broadcasting credentials for Israel Radio for whom I have been their UK correspondent for over 35 years, nor some of my other journalistic endeavour as the Jewish Telegraph’s Political and Diplomatic editor for a similar period, in which both capacities I shall be attending this week’s Labour Party conference for the thirty-sixth year in succession.
Momentum’s Joe Todd apologised and claimed, despite previously allocating one, that they had “run out of press passes” for the event; described as Momentum’s four day festival of politics, art, music and culture. Does anyone really believe that?

Still Awaiting Celebrity Threesome Injunction Decision

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PJS -v- News Group Newspapers Ltd

21 April 2016

On appeal from the Court of Appeal Civil Division (England and Wales)

At the end of the hearing on 21st April the Supreme Court announced that it would reserve judgment and give its decision at a later date.

The injunction granted by the Court of Appeal and continued by this Court remains in force.

No decision yet. One thing appears to have been accepted by both parties in the Supreme Court without challenge – that this website is outside the jurisdiction of the English Courts. Which is what Guido told Leveson, Carter-Ruck and various learned rent-a-quotes

Celebrity Threesome Injunction Decision on Thursday

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The Supreme Court will hear argument as to whether permission to appeal should be granted, and, if it is granted, as to whether the appeal should be allowed or dismissed. The interim injunction granted by the Court of Appeal will remain in place until the conclusion of the Supreme Court hearing, and at the end of the hearing the Supreme Court will decide whether to continue that injunction. Until then…

Irish Times Breaks Celebrity Threesome Injunction

See also: Lawyers Only People Enjoying ThreesomeNow David Furnish and Elton John Threaten Google

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Yesterday Guido gave an interview* to the Irish Times about the Celebrity Threesome Injunction. Lawyers Carter Ruck claim this article and others, despite being typed and uploaded in Ireland to be hosted on servers in the United States protected by the First Amendment, breaches their injunction covering England and Wales.

The injunction is incredibly restrictive; it not only prohibits reporting the facts of the matter, it prohibits linking to the story, identifying the National Enquirer or this site in any way. Which is why the British press is referring to a mystery “top blogger” and Google has been forced to remove links to our articles. The Irish Times however identifies the “top blogger”, names this website and even handily gives the headline to cut and paste into Google to easily find the censored article. Not really a legal issue for a foreign printed publication.

However as the photo above shows, the international edition of the Irish Times was freely available in London. It is printed at the Newsfax plant in Hackney…

*The article is no longer on the Irish Times website, it has been copied from the Google cache and is reproduced in full in the comments below.

Ireland is Not North Korea, Kim El John

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All around the world the olive oil trysts of Elton John’s husband David Furnish are being reported, everywhere, apart from England and Wales where they are injuncted. Guido’s servers are in the United States of America, this article is being typed in the Republic of Ireland. London solicitors Carter Ruck have sent a copy of that injunction to Guido threatening to jail the editor for Contempt of Court. This was met with a polite invitation to come visit:

I note this is a Court Order from a British court.

In Ireland, as I explained to Lord Justice Leveson at his inquiry, Irish citizens do not have to pay any notice to what British judges order any more.

We are currently celebrating the 1916 uprising, come visit Dublin. If you do, please do not repeat the ex parte trick your firm pulled in 2008 on behalf of Zac Goldsmith. Remember how that ended in an embarrassing fiasco for your firm? You had to apologise to me and an Irish High Court judge.

This time I expect full and properly served notice to be given of any action you propose to take going forward.

Regards,

Paul

Some fool lawyer in The Times this morning claims that this blog is published everywhere in the world where it can be read. So presumably she thinks the North Koreans, Chinese and Iranians have legal jurisdiction over this website – as if Kim El John can suppress foreign press reports. There are no physical assets in the UK, there is no digital equivalent of a printing press, no device that can be seized or smashed. All the authorities can do is block access to the server, in the same way that China and Iran block access to the truth. Web users point their browsers at a server in the US and fetch the data back, we do not store published content in the UK.

Carter-Ruck have now instructed Johnsons, a Dublin law firm, and are threatening proceedings here in Ireland, which if they were to happen we would endeavour to fight. Courts in both California and New York have ruled that foreign court judgments involving free speech can be enforced in the United States only if the foreign nation recognises absolute free speech values compatible with the First Amendment – which guarantees that Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. Guido may have to travel to the US to inspect this website’s servers…

See also: Lawyers Only People Enjoying Threesome

Lawyers Only People Enjoying Celebrity Threesome

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The front page headline of the new National Enquirer, now on newsstands in the States, declares: “Elton John Betrayed by Cheating Husband!” Over 3 pages the US tabloid reports how lawyers for Elton John claim David Furnish did not have an affair because the singer knew about his extra-marital relationship. Elton has used an injunction to block publication of the exposé in Britain essentially on the basis that he does not want his children to see it. Understandable, however should it be his legal right?

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Here is a summary of the story:

The Enquirer reports that British businessman Daniel Laurence claims he had three encounters with Furnish, including one that involved “risky sex”. Elton’s lawyers deny Furnish had unprotected sex with Laurence. The unprotected sex allegation is particularly damaging because Furnish helps run Elton’s AIDS Foundation. According to the Enquirer, Furnish and Laurence began exchanging messages online in 2008 and hooked up in March 2009 at the Mayfair Hotel in London. Furnish “wanted me to penetrate him and was very demanding and specific about this,” Laurence said in an affidavit obtained by the tabloid: “We did have unprotected sex.”

The two men continued to communicate online — and saw each other again at an event in Palm Springs — but did not have sex again until April 2010. Laurence alleges the tryst took place in the London home Furnish shares with Elton John. The Enquirer published a Facebook chat it claims is between Furnish and Laurence. In it, Furnish asks Laurence about having a threesome. “I am getting hard thinking about it,” Furnish allegedly wrote, “I have to be sooooooo careful.” The threesome, which allegedly took place at the home of Laurence in December 2011, involved wrestling in a pool of olive oil. Laurence also alleged that Furnish was “into being tied up and dominated.” The Enquirer article comes only days after news that Elton John is facing a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former bodyguard. Jeffrey Wenninger alleges the singer groped him and encouraged him to show his penis.

Yesterday the Sunday Mail in Scotland published the story because it is (like Guido) outside the jurisdiction of the injunction. Our readers are not that interested in threesomes involving middle-aged gay men – unless they are in politics. Nevertheless there is an important principle at stake: should press freedom be curtailed by the rich on the grounds that they don’t want their children to be embarrassed? Guido has lots of online embarrassments soon to be discovered on the internet by his Google-savvy young children. As much as he would prefer to cover it all up, this protection would be a risky curtailment of press freedom. If Elton and David don’t want their children to think less of them, don’t do it. The whole thing is made even more ridiculous given millions of Americans and thousands of Scots have read the story. All the injunction is doing is making lawyers richer.

This case is not a serious criminal matter, however there is no doubt that the likes of Dominic Strauss-Kahn have used privacy laws to cover-up much more serious wrongdoing. Fear of public exposure is about the only way we can restrain wrongdoing by the rich and the powerful…

See also Ireland is Not North Korea, Kim El John

Hugh Grant: The Edge Of Reason

Hugh Grant probably wishes he stayed in bed this morning, instead of bungling a Today programme outing in which he openly admitted to being a puppet for Evan Harris and his Hacked Off cronies. In an excruciating debate, Grant admitted he did not know the details after making a dopey allegation that the journalist who even the Guardian credit with triggering the entire RIPA/Met scandal, had nothing to do with the change in the law:

Hugh Grant: Tom Newton’s contribution was brief

BBC: Really, you’re saying it’s simply not the case that Tom Newton Dunn, who was one of the journalists concerned,

Hugh Grant: Yes.

BBC: …intimately involved. You’re saying he didn’t…

Grant: …that’s my understanding of it…

BBC: That’s quite an allegation to make, that basically the paper likes to be in a position where they feel like victims and are perfectly happy with the status quo, and their phone records to be gone through. Are you seriously saying that?

Hugh Grant: Well in the case of Tom Newton Dunn, I don’t know the exact details of how much he contributed to this particular campaign to get the law changed.

BBC: so you’re not accepting he contributed a lot?

Grant: that’s not what I’ve been told.

Grant’s blind, frothing hatred for anything or anyone linked to Murdoch has left him high and dry. TND tells Media Guido:

“It’s just not true to say editors and newspaper companies did nothing to fight the police abuse of RIPA. My own, The Sun, has invested considerable amounts in legal resources as we continue to pursue the Met through various channels, and newspapers from ours to the Mail, Telegraph and Guardian have all ran powerful leaders recently condemning the police in a very united stand. Not for the first time, Hugh Grant appears to be shoehorning myth to suit his own agenda.”

“That’s not what I’ve been told”? Pull yourself together, man.

Charlie Hebdo On Sale Outside Parliament Every Morning

Spotted just next to Westminster Tube.

Electoral Commission Trying to Regulate Blogs:Notifies Guido, ConservativeHome, LabourList & LibDemVoice

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The Electoral Commission has written to Guido, ConservativeHome, LabourList and LibDemVoice to provide them with “guidance” to bring them into line with the Putinesque provisions of the new Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.

Mark Ferguson at LabourList says

“It seems particularly bizarre (and that’s being generous) that there’s one law for “newspapers and periodicals” and another for “websites”. Perhaps the government are finding this new-fangled internet thing very confusing. We’re still working through what the most appropriate response is to this dreadful law – more worthy of a banana-Republic than a democracy – that clamps down on campaigning and free speech at a time when it’s needed most, election time. Whatever response we decide on though, we will not be submitting ourselves to any form of regulation that stops us from writing, reporting and commenting on the election campaign as we see fit.”

ConservativeHome’s editor Paul Goodman tells Guido whilst sorrowfully shaking his head, that he feels the site has no alternative, given the terms of the Lobbying Act, but to “run some pieces by senior Labour MPs during the election campaign”.

After ringing round it seems that other political blogs like the Spectator’s CoffeeHouse and PoliticalBetting.com have not being offered “guidance” by the Electoral Commission. Guido has written back to the Electoral Commission:

Dear Electoral Commission,

Thanks, but we’re not registering with you and
we’re not going to pay any attention to your rules.

Yours in freedom,

Paul Staines
Editor Guido Fawkes’ Blog

Guido has no intention of registering with the Electoral Commission or reporting a penny of spending or anything else to them. This authoritarian law is a nonsense. If you read the guidance it should apply to newspapers. We haven’t just rejected statutory control of the printed press by one regulator for political control of digital media by another…

See: Electoral Commission letter in full [PDF]

BBC Mo-ment: Depicts Mohammed in Physical Form

This image is a screengrab from last night’s News at Ten. The BBC web page explaining their editorial guidelines on the issue has mysteriously disappeared today.  A very big Mo-ment for free speech…

It seems Dimbleby was still reading from the now ancient text on Question Time after the image went out last night:

“The prophet Mohammed must not be represented in any shape or form.”

Guido has contacted the BBC press office to see if they have had any complaints or threats…

UPDATE: BBC confirms the change in policy:

“This guidance is old, out of date and does not reflect the BBC’s long-standing position that programme makers have freedom to exercise their editorial judgement with the Editorial Policy team available to provide advice around sensitive issues on a case by case basis. The guidance is currently being revised.”

They had no complaints.

Anti-Press Freedom Lobby Express Sham Solidarity

irony – ˈʌɪrəni/ – noun

1. the expression of one’s meaning by using language that normally signifies the opposite, typically for humorous or emphatic effect.

2.  a state of affairs or an event that seems deliberately contrary to what one expects and is often wryly amusing as a result.

This is not a spoof.

WATCH: Have I Got News For You on ‘Sophie’

“I always get them confused with ISIS,” says Armando Iannucci of IPSO…

Brooks Newmark Did a Bad Thing

“What he did WAS quite bad.

Not because it was sexting, which these days is not uncommon.

Nor that his sexual behaviour might not meet with public approval, which these days isn’t necessary.

No, what he did was foolishly accept the flirtation of a woman, give her his mobile number, and then demand intimate photographs of her.

Not once, not twice, but repeatedly. He asked, requested, persuaded, induced and inveigled.

He was a man of wealth, power and influence, taking sexual gratification from what he thought was a young woman with none of those things.

That’s a bad thing. It’s a bad thing whether you’re left or right wing and whichever news outlet you prefer.

In any other job, on work time and the work phone, it’s a disciplinary offence.

In a government minister, paid £97,000 a year by the taxpayer to promote a more civil society, it’s appalling.

And that’s without asking how much it cost us for him to ping his paisley-patterned porn about the place.

The public interest in this story is not just whether a man who misbehaves in his pyjamas can misbehave in public office, although that is an issue for many people.

Nor just that a Government minister was opening himself to blackmail with his behaviour, which should be a sacking offence anyway.

It’s that a man in our employ, tasked with encouraging us all to be nicer and with making his party more friendly towards women, was so utterly awful at his job.”

What she said.

 

Open Letter to the CEO of Index on Censorship

 

 

Jodie,

I’ve happily done a little bit here and there for Index. A speech at an event, an article, a bid at an auction or a table at a fundraiser. I don’t claim to be the biggest donor to Index, over the years perhaps my support has been in the low thousands.

I will never give another penny to Index as long as Steve Coogan is involved.

Paul Staines

Editor Guido Fawkes’ Blog
Guido.Fawkes@Order-Order.com

Steve Coogan: Bouncing Back

Sad to see Steve Coogan hit his career low at Hacked Off, Guido welcomes the news of his rehabilitation today. Coogan becomes a patron for free speech pressure group Index on Censorship, who campaign on press freedom around the world. Presumably this meansethical standard bearer Coogan admits he was wrong to try to gag newspapers from writing about coke and hookers. He says:

“Creative and artistic freedom of expression is something to be cherished where it exists and fought for where it doesn’t. This is what Index on Censorship does. I am pleased to lend my support and patronage to such an important cause.”

Of course it could just be that Index, once brave and noble fighters in the name of freedom, have badly lost their way, as Nick Cohen argues here

UPDATE: Quote of the day is also from Steve Coogan.

Hacked Off Seek EU Diktat to Force Through New Press Laws Watson Backs Brussels Directive on Media Ownership

After Sajid Javid signalled that he wanted to put the issue of press regulation “to bed”, Hacked Off last night called for an EU directive to force through new laws and overrule the Culture Secretary. Evan Harris and Natalie Fenton, two of the group’s directors, endorsed a new campaign aiming to secure a petition of one million signatures and seek a diktat from Brussels to set limits on media ownership at a European level.

The campaign, which has the somewhat sinister name ‘Reclaim the Media’, is backed by the Green MP Caroline Lucas, the National Union of Journalists, the Trades Union Council and Labour’s Tom Watson, who was due to chair last night’s meeting but failed to attend after he was “unavoidably detained in his constituency”Evan Harris’ face told you everything you need to know about the prospects for Hacked Off’s latest doomed venture…

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MediaGuido was particularly interested by a series of graphs provided at the meeting. Reclaim the Media’s campaign for plurality focuses on the Murdoch and Rothermere titles, despite their own evidence showing that it is actually the BBC that enjoys unrivalled dominance in the news industry. Confused Labour MP John McDonnell suggested the motives were personal: “there are thousands of asylum seekers locked up because the government is pandering to the racism of the Daily Mail”, adding that MPs were “petrified by the bucket of sh*t that The Sun pours on you”. Yet according to their own evidence it isn’t the Mail or the Sun that threaten press plurality, it is the BBC…

FT Rejects IPSO, Sets Up Own Regulator

FT editor Lionel Barber says the paper will set up its own mechanism to deal with complaints. It won’t be part of the new IPSO press regulator:

The Financial Times stands for an independent press, free of economic and political interference. We therefore support efforts to create a more robust system of independent regulation for the industry in the wake of the Leveson inquiry.

After careful consideration, the FT has decided to put in place a system which is accountable, credible, robust and highly adaptable to meet the pace of change in our industry. We believe this approach is consistent with our record of journalistic excellence and integrity, and it builds on our already strong system of governance designed to maintain the highest possible ethical standards.

The FT has established a track record for treading its own path at a time of wrenching change in the news business. We have consistently taken decisions which have marked a break with established industry practice when it is the right thing to do for our readers and business.

Our approach reflects the FT’s standing as an increasingly digital news operation with a global footprint. More than three-quarters of our readers are now outside the UK. Our main competitors are global news organisations, each of which applies its own system of independent regulation. There is no industry standard.

The FT has been a longstanding member of the Press Complaints Commission, which is due to expire shortly. Readers will therefore no longer have recourse to the PCC as an independent service for dealing with complaints. In its place, we will set up a new mechanism to handle reader complaints in the event that they feel our internal procedures fail to provide an adequate response or redress.

Two points are relevant here. First, our record at the PCC in recent years shows that in the overwhelming majority of cases the FT has been exonerated from criticism. Second, the FT is always willing to deal with complaints expeditiously and, if warranted, publish a clarification, correction or apology.

Nevertheless, we recognise that we need to provide additional reassurances in the post-PCC world. We will therefore be creating a new position of editorial complaints commissioner. The remit and reporting line will be set out in a public advertisement in due course. The successful candidate will be appointed by a three-person committee and will be independent of the editor.

In addition, the FT will continue to provide platforms for readers to comment on articles and participate in discussion with our reporters and commentators. We believe our conversation with readers around the world is important. Understanding what they need and value is vital to our success as a news organisation.

The FT will continue to engage with our peers in the industry. Every newspaper and news group must make their own choice regarding regulation. At this point, we have decided to plot our own course. We are committed to best practice and determined to uphold the high standards that have served the FT and our readers so well over the past 126 years.

Saying thanks but no thanks to Brian, the Royal Charter and IPSO…

Time For Watson to Launch Corrections and Clarifications Page

Oh the beautiful irony. Tom Watson put his X-Box down for ten minutes to have a go at Labour for playing up Ed as a strong leader like Thatcher. ‘It’s highly likely that a spin doctor, working for Ed, chose to persuade people that he really would “Govern like Thatcher”‘ he blogged. Within an hour or so it was a full reverse ferret:

“Tom Baldwin, an adviser to Ed Miliband has been in touch to say: “For the record, I didn’t mention thatcher once in all the lobby briefing around the speech. Truth is, I suspect, they got together and constructed line themselves.”

Perhaps he should have checked his facts before he mixed opinion and news? Time for a due-prominence apology, for sure.

This is not the first time Watson has cocked up like this.

Remember when he accused Guido of selling drugs to George Osborne at a rave?

Or when he had to apologise to Nick Robinson for accusing him of being a Murdoch stooge in his book?

Maybe he should add a permanent corrections and clarifications section to his website, as they’re piling up…

It’s what Brian Leveson would want…

Speccie Awards: The Results

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The 15 rebels who said no to press regulation.

Exclusive: Cops Trying to Remove Private Eye From Shops

Police are requesting “on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service” that magazine vendors refrain from selling today’s edition of Private Eye. This afternoon two plain clothes policemen asked this vendor working outside Farringdon Station to take down this week’s Eye.[…] Read the rest

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