It is of course a total injustice that three journalists have been sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Egypt for writing things that the Egyptian Government dont like. That of course would be the same Egyptian Government, which is backed by the British Government.
Of course Journalists are right to protest. Those BBC journalists outside BBC Headquarters in London were an inspiring sight. And no doubt the annual love-in between Amnesty and local Journalists (at the West Belfast Festival) will reference this abuse of Human Rights.
Yet a court case has been taking place in London. Seven journalists accused in basic terms of phone hacking or covering it up. The Leveson Inquiry was set up to look into Phone Hacking. Evidence emerged that it was widespread in British journalism.
And in due course, people were charged and taken to court.
Including Rebekkah Brooks, the right hand of Rupert Murdoch. And Andy Coulson, former tabloid editor and later Government Chief Press Officer, appointed by David Cameron. Coincidently Cameron is a friend of Ms Brooks. The case ended last week with the conviction of Coulson. And the acquittal of Ms Brooks….who held a Press Conference outside her luxury London home to confirm her innocence.
Hooray. Justice is served. Except of course the whole Phone Hacking Affair, previously dismissed by Journos as “one rogue reporter”, Clive Goodman can now be dismissed by the same Journos as “one rogue editor”.
Justice ….Cairo style. Justice….London style.
But it still seems likely that British Journalists are more likely to cause Human Rights abuses than to be the victims of Human Rights abuses.
Will the staff at BBC be protesting this verdict? Or indeed Phone Hacking itself?
Will the Amnesty-Journalist Mutual Admiration Society at the West Belfast Festival even mention Phone Hacking?