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Why was Sally Murrer singled out?

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Now that the government’s extraordinary judicial harassment of journalist Sally Murrer has finally been stopped, Ms Murrer is free to speak openly about the case for the first time. In an article in today’s Mail on Sunday, Murrer describes in detail the personal toll that her 19-month ordeal has taken.

The startling political implications of the case are further highlighted by Nick Cohen in the Observer. Though sympathetic, Cohen describes as a “conspiracy theory” Murrer’s belief that she was targeted because of her close friendship with Mark Kearney, the police whistleblower in the Sadiq Khan case, who was (unsuccessfully) prosecuted with her.

This description seems somewhat harsh. Sally Murrer is the only journalist in the entire country to have been singled out in this way, simply for doing what local journalists do all the time – taking news tip-offs from local police sources. But unlike other local newspaper journalists, one of Sally Murrer’s friends – and sources – happens to be the man at the centre of a high profile police scandal that caused the government enormous embarrassment – a man whose son and former business associate were also targeted for prosecution in the same case. It surely isn’t wildly speculative to suppose that these two facts might have had some connection…

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Written by Richard Wilson

November 30, 2008 at 12:03 pm

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  1. Hi Sally,
    My friend Carol Woods, social worker has had some very similar problems with the police, Lancashire County Council and, legal services. I think it would be beneficial for you to link up with her as she’s been involved with whilstleblowing, and taking it to European Human Rights. My mobile is 07896415408, and I would be happly to arrange for you to link up with Carol.
    Regards,
    Maria

    Maria Pazzano

    November 30, 2008 at 12:39 pm

  2. Has anyone heard from Carol Woods lately?

    I’ve seen some of the documents relating to Carol Woods’ Employment Tribunal action against Lancashire County Council and was one of her supporters at a hearing at Manchester Employment Tribunal.

    Michael Ryan

    February 28, 2009 at 3:38 pm


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