Since Rolf Harris’ conviction yesterday for indecent assault of children, newspapers are predictably filled with many ‘Rolf Harris’ related stories as the press look for any angle on the story.
One angle on the bigger story you’ll see concerns the fact that law firm Harbottle and Lewis, acting on behalf of Rolf Harris, censored the media by using Leveson to bully them into silence.
But not one such story I’ve seen has mentioned that some outlets like this one were not silenced and did report that Rolf Harris had been questioned under caution.
So this is an ‘outsiders’ inside of view.
Credit must go where it is due. If it had not been for been for this tweet from Mark Williams-Thomas on Nov 29 2012 I for one would not have felt confident in reporting it.
About one hour later, I published, ‘Rolf Harris Interviewed Under Caution Over Sex Offences’
The following day, Nov 30th, I published ‘Further Indications That Rolf Harris was Questioned Yesterday’
In December 2012, I reported that Rolf Harris had spent Christmas at The Priory ‘Op Yewtree: Rolf Harris Spends Christmas At The Priory’
On March 29th I reported ‘Op Yewtree: Rolf Harris Arrested For Sex Offences’
Throughout this entire period the MSM remained silent. It wasn’t until 3 weeks after the arrest of Rolf Harris that we saw the BBC ‘Breaking’ the story.
Just to be clear and for the record, I not once received any request to remove any story connected with this,I was not threatened, nor was I aware of any court injunction and to my knowledge no one has claimed that there was one.
In my view, something is either true and can be reported or untrue and can not.
So why didn’t the Mainstream Media report it when they knew that it was true ?
Well, they won’t thank me for saying this but I believe a lot of it had to do with ‘game playing’ following The Leveson Inquiry.
The MSM united to demonstrate the ‘chilling effect’ of press censorship if Leveson’s recommendations were put into law and they did it by deliberately not reporting on the police investigation into Rolf Harris.
They pretended, and still pretend today, to have been cowed by the empty threats of Harbottle and Lewis. So it was left to the Alternative Media, blogs like The Needle, to keep the public informed and that is why you’ll not see any news reports in the MSM today acknowledging that while they kept silent, the story was being reported nevertheless.