Fake sheikhs and royal trappings
Do the British people get the press the ‘red-tops’ think they deserve? Or are the tabloids’ pious protestations of public interest really just a self-serving attempt to halt declining circulation?
Peter Burden examines the News of the World’s performance – with its Fake Sheikh and the illegal mobile phone tapping that led to a jail sentence for royal reporter Clive Goodman and the resignation of the editor. He also highlights the paper’s hypocrisy when Mazher Mahmood, the Fake Sheikh, was himself unmasked.
This is a book for everyone concerned about standards in British tabloid journalism and privacy rights and the debate about the public interest versus the interest of the public.
‘A well-documented exposure of underhand tactics, gross intrusion and embarrassing cock-ups’
Derek Jameson, former News of the World editor