Thursday, July 7, 2011

National Union of Journalists says editors have walked out at The Sun to protest News of the World sackings

The National Union of Journalists is reporting that sub-editors at The Sun newspaper, a News International property, have walked out in protest over the sacking of the entire staff at the News of the World.
Now I hate passing on reports like this without confirmation, though these kinds of rumors seem to be the lifeblood of the tech sites. So I would be cautious, but the source should be credible.

From the union's website:

NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said: “This outrageous manipulation of the legal right to be consulted about redundancies shows the contempt that the Murdoch empire has for its loyal staff. True to form, he believes he can buy his way out of his obligations. This is an act of damage limitation to salvage Murdoch’s reputation and that of News International – both of which are now tarnished beyond repair.”

Update: Well, it appears that the editors at The Sun were not going to risk getting replaced and have returned to work. This only goes to prove that my initial thought, that I should just ignore the story as minor, was probably correct.