Damn, I knew this story a few days ago and should have blogged it. Anyway.
The Media Guardian reports:
Sugar, who returns to screens next month in the hit BBC1 show, yesterday issued a writ at the high court in London against the Sun’s publisher and News International subsidiary, News Group Newspapers, and its editor, Rebekah Wade. The businessman and TV star is understood to have been angry at the story, which he felt risked his personal security.
Woohoo! Keep in mind there are two issues here regarding The Scum. First, the original posting on the ummah.com forum said something along the lines that Muslims should contact or write to prominent British Jews. In typical racist fashion, The Scum made it into a front-page story that insinuated that Muslims had put together a ‘hit list’ of prominent Jews to target and kill. So it was a blatant case of scaremongering and lies. On this, the complainants should ensure The Scum apologises prominently and complain again if they feel the apology wasn’t prominent enough (the PCC will pursue this).
Secondly, there is the allegation that the website postings were themselves posted by so-called “anti-terrorism expert” Glen Jenvey who then sold the story. He denies this. But both Tim from Bloggerheads and the ummah.com administrators say otherwise. The problem is, the PCC isn’t the sort of body that does investigations into computer records to determine who is telling the truth. So that part of the complaint remains in limbo. But with Alan Sugar now suing (yay!), the investigation is on hold anyway.
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