Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Fake Sheikh (Mazher Mahmood) Photo

The News of the Screws has obtained an injunction (pdf) for 24 hours preventing publication of a picture (right) of Mazher Mahmood, the infamous 'Fake Sheikh' whose award-winning 'investigative' journalism consists of the deliberate entrapment of those who should know better.

Their latest mark, George Galloway, did know better, and is trying to rumble them.

The fake sheikh part and parcel of the News of the Screws' self-righteous desire to chair the court of public opinion, (which has led to paediatricians being attacked by paedo-bashers in Portsmouth, amongst other things), and which goes hand-in-hand with their usual high-minded editorial style of juxtaposing worryingly descriptive accounts of rape investigations with salacious kiss-and-tell stories, all interspersed with pictures of young women wearing little more than smiles.

The injunction expired at 4pm on the 5th of April, BST.


Blogger secretdubai said...

You know what? I am a huge tabloid fan and generally very in favour of undercover investigative journalism.

But the recent "fake sheikh" stuff is just dishonest stuntery. They're not proceeding on the basis that Celebrity X is guilty of Crime Y, they're just starting out with anyone they believe would be a good public hate target, then trying to set up them up and/or actually encourage them into criminal activity or corruption.

That is not journalism in any vague sense of the work.

5/4/06 23:21  
Blogger secretdubai said...

Provocation, that's the word I was looking for. Meaning that much of the "evidence" he gathers wouldn't even stand up in court anyway.

5/4/06 23:26  

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