Moro is sprung from jail
FORMER Daily Express news sub Alan Morison who has been taking a stand against attempts to silence the media in Thailand has spent five hours in a small prison cell crowded with 90 prisoners, including a man who admitted killing his girlfriend.
'It wasn’t hell but it wasn’t far off,'' said Alan Morison, the editor of an independent news website on Phuket Island, who insists he is prepared to spend more time in jail to defend media freedoms in the south-east Asian country where defamation laws are increasingly being used to silence criticism.
Morison, pictured above with his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathian was freed from cells at a Phuket court after supporters raised the equivalent of $3314 bail on charges of criminal defamation and computer crimes, for which the pair could be jailed for up to seven years.
The charges relate to a story published on Morison’s Phuketwan website last year that included one paragraph from a Reuters news agency report on the violent persecution of Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslim minority. Reuters, which on Monday won a Pulitzer prize for its coverage of the same story, has refused to defend Mr Morison and Ms Chutima, who was also bailed.
Shortly before the pair were taken to cells pending legal procedures, a Reuters spokeswoman said ''we oppose the use of criminal laws to sanction the press – large or small, local or international – for publication on matters of serious public interest, like the Rohingya stories.''
Mr Morison, 66, a former senior Age editor, and Ms Chutima, refused to raise the bail money themselves on principle and were remanded to appear in court again on May 26.
Mr Morison said while in the small stifling hot cell he spent most of the time talking with a 52-year-old Norway man accused of killing his Thai girlfriend and hiding her body in a bin for three years.
Pincher scores a century
The Pedants’ Revolt
UPDATED 15th APRIL
One in the Eye No 82
Volume 10: 1981
History of the Daily and Sunday Express as told 34 years ago through the columns of Private Eye (Lord Drone does not necessarily agree with the sentiments expressed although, from memory, they seem reasonably accurate)
22nd May 1981
Auberon Waugh’s Diary
A sad little cri-de-coeur from Jean Rook, loveliest of all the Daily Express columnists, under the heading: GIVE US A BREAK, PLEASE:
‘Can’t newspapers please tear the ‘Yorkshire’ off ‘The Ripper’ … Won’t somebody give us a break and remember that Yorkshire also produced pudding and Boycott. And me.’
I was not aware that La Rook was a Yorkshire lass, but it comes as no surprise. She is part of the great invasion of Northerners who took over many key points in the 1960s. Michael Parkinson, interviewed recently, revealed that he owes everything to his revolting accent:
‘I came from Yorkshire with my Barnsley voice and, although people have accused me of exploiting it, it was pure luck that my accent fitted with the fashion. If I hadn’t had a Yorkshire voice, I would never have been offered a job at all … It was a Barnsley accent that was instantly acceptable. If I had been born in the Home Counties I would never have got this far at all.’
Most of us are beginning to feel we have suffered from these people for long enough. Perhaps Ms Rook has lost touch with the folks back home, the dismal leftovers after 70 years immigration from the region, but I personally feel it would be more appropriate to refer to Mr Sutcliffe as ‘the Yorkshire’.
The only long-term solutions to problems in what used to be the industrial North of England must be to saw it off and let it drift away to join the Soviet Union, with Mr Arthur Scargill and all his vicious, lazy, whining, cretinously stupid inhabitants.
3rd July 1981
Street of Shame
An amazing row has broken out at the Black Lubyanka following the disastrous launch of the Sunday Express colour magazine in April.
Disaster-prone Jocelyn Stevens, the so-called managing director, has launched a public attack on the magazine’s editor, pasty-faced creep Sir Charles Mostyn-Wintour, a fellow director.
Answering questions about a readership survey, the mad Piranha lashed into Sir Charles, blaming him for the magazine’s failure. Sir Charles, however, refused to make any public comment on the attack.
A non-speaking situation now prevails in the Lubyanka boardroom.
Sir Harry Llewellyn has been in touch with Daily Getsworse editor Arthur Firth over a series of stories that have been printed in the William Hickey column concerning his younger son Roddy’s imminent wedding. These were largely allegations about rows over who was to pay for the reception.
After some delay at Chateau Despair, Sir Harry demanded to know who the source was. Back came the answer: ‘Your son Dai.’
NOT TO BE MISSED NEXT WEEK: Lord Whelks tries to fire Ashley Walton and editor Arthur Firth considers making photographer Steve Wood editor of the Hickey column.
Gone but not forgotten: This pic, taken in the Daily Express newsroom some time in the late 1970s or early 1980s shows star columnist Jean Rook discussing matters of moment with copy taster Les Diver. In the background are, from right, back benchers Lloyd Turner, Tony Armstrong, Alan Frame, and art desk operatives John Haxton and Stephen Wood, who supplied this picture. Les, Jean and Lloyd are sadly no longer with us
It’s that First Tuesday mob again. More here
HEADLINE OF LAST MONTH
Daily Telegraph 4th February
STILL IN GREAT NICK!
BIG NOISE: The Prince of Darkness Jimmy Nicholson has just celebrated his 87th birthday. Leon Symons and some other old colleagues visited him at his care home
SNAP GOES £100 MILLION
Why is Daily Express photographer John Rogers in the money, £100 million to be exact? All is explained here
BACK TO FRONT
Spotted by Roger Watkins
FIRST TUESDAY CLUB
Stands the clock at ten past three: The First Tuesday Club having fun at their December meeting. Pictured, from left, are photographer Tom Smith, reporter John ‘Bomber’ Burns, photographer Tony Sapiano, pensions expert Cliff Seabridge, Night News Editor David Eliades (giving thumbs up), photographer Norman Potter, former Sunday Express executive David Haigh, photographer Peter Shirley (with arms extended), photographer Bill Orchard who in the 1960s toured with many A-list bands including two years with The Beatles and regularly with the Rolling Stones, and Brian Freemantle, former Daily Expressman who became Foreign Editor of the Daily Mail
THE WORLD’S GREATEST LUNCH CLUB
Despite the dishevelled look of the table, there was a modicum of food consumed when the Drones met for lunch at Joe Allen on Wednesday 11th December. Pictured are, from left, Alan Frame, Ashley Walton, guest of honour Liz Gill, Terry Manners, Roger Watkins, Pat Pilton, Alastair McIntyre, Terry Evans and Dick Dismore
NIGHT OUT WITH THE GIRLS
Look familiar? They do to old Daily Express hands. The girls have been out on the town with the Drones.
SHURELY SHOME MISHTAKE
WHEN JOE HAD A GO AT POLITICS
Former Daily Express sub-editor Joe Neal has resurfaced as an actor in Ireland. And, as this picture proves, he stood unsuccessfully as an independent in the 2004 European elections. Joe has also written a book of poetry, Telling It At A Slant, which is available as a paperback from all good booksellers. If you want to see if he can act, (he can in the Drone’s opinion) CLICK HERE
Express Art Desk Xmas bash 1985
Who’s this having fun at Christmas at the Connaught Rooms?
How dare they print this cover?
____________________________Spaghetti House Siege (Part 2)
Laddies who lunch: The Daily Express Drones got together at the Spaghetti House in Holborn to drink to the memory of former Daily Express sub-editor and radio DJ Bob Kilbey who died in July. Bob used to organise an annual Christmas lunch at the restaurant. Pictured from left are Ashley Walton, Alastair McIntyre, Bill Reynolds, Ray King, Ross Tayne and Tony Boullemier
SNAP! Its the First Tuesday Club again in a suitably grainy picture of five photographers. They are, from left, Jack Kay, Peter Shirley, Maurice Hibberd, Tony Sapiano and Bill Orchard. The club meets on the first Tuesday of each month at the Old Bank of England pub in Fleet Street. It has been hastily pointed out that the pic was not taken by a photographer. Perish the thought.
ER … COME AGAIN?
IT'S ALL IN THE TIMING...
STEEMERS STEAMS IN
Mike Steemson, erstwhile lynchpin of the DX newsdesk, is visiting the UK from his home in New Zealand and found time to drop in on former managing editor Mike Deane at his home in County Down. Mike Deane, pictured left, said: 'We chewed the fat and Mike drank all my whiskey.' Some things never change...
IS THERE A SUB-EDITOR IN
THE (PUBLIC) HOUSE?
(Er, yes as a rule – Ed)
Spotted on Holy Island by Johnny Maskey
Radio Two's Ken Bruce
in tribute to Peter Tory
AND SO TO BEDS
This charming snap was taken from an aeroplane by Joy Desmond as she was wafted into Luton Airport. But what does it show? Find out here
LOOKALIKE (UKIP EDITION)
Meerkat Nigel Farage
MAROONED IN THE PUB
Oh dear, tell that to the wife:
What on earth is going on here?
A memorial service? Surely some mistake
Learn the ghastly truth here
If the cap doesn't fit...
Sometimes editors have to do the most undignified things, as Sir Nicholas Lloyd found in 1995 when Sky TV invaded the Express offices in Blackfriars for a charity Telethon which was broadcast live to the masses. The picture came to light during a gathering of the World's Greatest Lunch Club at which the guest was the man with the longest career in Fleet Street – 57 years and still counting. Read about it here.
Funny old whirled
Goodbye Vienna: Spotted in Hunstanton by Stephen Wood
How an Express reporter left Britain's Cold
War secret on the floor of the Old Bell
Who Was Who on the Express in 1969
Buccaneering spirit that made the Daily Express great
NEW SHOCK: Up the wooden Hill
There are some things that you just can't make up. Former Daily Express editor Peter Hill has designed some nightshirts which he is now selling on the internet. Don't have nightie-mares!
HISTORY OF THE DAILY
EXPRESS DRONES CLUB