Friday, November 5, 2010

Operation Ore and Louise Shorter

It seems I may have been a little hasty in my judgement of Louise Shorter. Louise has a reputation for Justice. However, who can blame me, or any of us, after almost four years of the media jumping through hoops to assist the McCanns in proving their innocence. Innocence or guilt can only be judged in a court of law. Yesterday, the press pampering once again to the McCanns whims and promoting their Mickey Mouse petition. A petition where you may sign your name 100 times if you should so wish. The Media, for once letting through comments from the public telling the McCanns to stop begging for money and go back and ask for the case to be re-opened NOT re-viewed. Kate McCann go back to Portugal, answer the 48 questions and take your friends with you and DO the reconstruction. There is an open invitation by the Portuguese police and guess what, it is free, so you can put away the begging bowl and go and do what you should have done in the first place, be honest, own up and tell the truth. 

Louise Shorter and her quest for the truth....Louise, I want to believe the Orees plight will be told without slants and other agendas. I want someone to write with their heart, so the British public may know what it means to have been driven by lies to take your life. I want the people to 'feel' how it was, having your child ripped from your arms when you were innocent of all allegations against you. The look of doubt from your wifes eyes, family and friends, the whispers and smirks behind your back one but the people involved will ever know the true suffering and no amount of compensation paid out will bring back what should have been 'the good years' will be hard for anyone to understand but a good journalist can make her words come to life..... I guess what I am asking Louise, is for you to 'tell it like it is'.

My own gut reaction to the media coverage of this appeal , if covered at all , will be somewhere hidden on inside pages. OK it will be all over the Internet but Joe public will still be living in ignorance of what Jim Gamble and his cronies were capable of... hand in glove with the much disgraced BBC, hard to believe we  actually pay a TV license for the privilege of listening to their  biased reporting and sometimes blatant lies.    Stefan Kiszko

BBC drops Rough Justice after 27 years

The Old Bailey
The Old Bailey. Photograph: Martin Argles
Long-running BBC documentary strand Rough Justice, which has exposed miscarriages of justice for 27 years, has been axed.

The corporation has decided to discontinue the programme as part of its strategy to concentrate resources and editorial firepower on major factual brands such as Panorama.

BBC insiders are angry that a programme with strong public service credentials has fallen victim to a drive by the director general, Mark Thompson, to cut costs.

The decision comes as judges are to hear an appeal against a murder conviction that was prompted by a 2005 Rough Justice programme.

"Rough Justice has not been on the air since April and the strand will not continue," a BBC spokesman said.
"But BBC news and current affairs will continue to investigate potential miscarriages of justice, for example the recent Panorama on Barry George and current affairs investigations into the Webster family and Angela Canning."

However, insiders expressed doubts that the kind of low-profile cases championed by Rough Justice would be taken up by Panorama.

Since first airing in 1980, the programme has taken up 32 cases and led to 15 convictions being quashed.
It was credited with contributing to the establishment of the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 1997.
Presenters have included Martin Young, David Jessel, John Ware and Kirsty Wark.

Both the programme's executive producer, Simon Ford, and the programme producer, Louise Shorter, have recently taken voluntary redundancy.

Shorter made the film about Barri White, whose appeal against his 2002 conviction for murder is being heard at the court of appeal on Wednesday.

Ford, whose documentary credits also include The Secret Policeman, said it was a "tragedy" that the BBC was ending Rough Justice.

"For 27 years a programme like Rough Justice has proved that television, as well as reporting on injustice, can actually change things," he added.

"Without a dedicated team doing that, many individuals who are wrongly imprisoned will stay there and the British public will remain ignorant of the failings of our justice system.

"This is a tragedy for the prisoners themselves and our greater society."