An extraordinary battle appears to be shaping up at News International as Sun journalists battle management and the committee formed to to take responsibility for all matters regarding phone hacking. At the weekend the Management Standards Committee was responsible for the arrest of several sun journalist and contacts at the Sun raising fears that it was revealing legitimate contacts to the police.
This sparked a robust defence by Trevor Kavanagh in the paper on Monday and on TV and radio and now the Guardian is reporting that senior journalists at the Sun are considering a legal challenge to block the MSC.
It reports that Journalists at News International have contacted the National Union of Journalists with regard to hiring leading human rights lawyer, Geoffrey Robertson QC, to question the legality of what News Corporation and its committee are doing:
“The NUJ has been contacted by more than a dozen journalists from the Sun with concerns about the protection of sources, it is understood. The potential legal challenge represents a dramatic new front in the civil war at Rupert Murdoch’s Wapping newspaper headquarters on the eve of his arrival in London to deal with the crisis at the Sun.
“Robertson used a column in the Sun’s News International sister paper, the Times, on Wednesday to urge journalists to protect their sources under the Human Rights Act,” the Guardian reports.