End of Roy's article.
John Dale comments: You can see responses to Roy's article, and to a similar Press Gazette article, on this website under 'Hacks Fight Slurs'. At the time of writing, most say photo theft is a Fleet Street myth. Of the minority who say it went on, none saw it actually happen.
Roy summonses witnesses largely from the distant past to help his cause. To bolster the PCC, formed less than 20 years ago, surely they need to come from a period not long before that? I mean, who's next - W. T. Stead?
Anyway, let me deal with them one by one.
Harry Procter turned into a drunk and was finished in the early sixties;
Hugh Cudlipp's active career was over by the early 70s (although the old Mirror did set ethical standards higher than those practised by some of today's tabloids);
Cyril Kersh - I assume Roy's referring to the old People days and editor Sam Campbell's view that 'truth was dispensible'. Campbell died in 1966;
Gerry Brown and Sharon Marshall - well, any misdemeanours they describe are probably after the PCC's formation, so actually support my case that it is not the remarkable success they are painting it to be.
I still think Roy is the expert the Leveson Inquiry needs. As a one-man band, supported by The Guardian, he has shown the effectiveness of media scrutiny of the media. His involvement would change Leveson's tone and give greater confidence in its processes and findings. And maybe his blog will prove to be just a rehearsal for the day he becomes Press Ombudsman.
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