Officials say RMT leader will “shine a spotlight on dirty tricks, lies, law breaking going back a decade”


It has been announced RMT general secretary Bob Crow (right) is to give evidence to the Leveson inquiry on Wednesday.

He is the second union leader to appear before the official inquiry, which was triggered by last year’s phone hacking revelations at Rupert Murdoch’s News Group and the closure of the News of The World in July 2011.  It is understood the National Union of Journalists general secretary Michelle Stanistreet will give evidence for a second time at the inquiry later this month.

Last week, three High Court judges ruled that some journalists will be allowed to give evidence anonymously. The NUJ had argued that key reporters who are prepared to testify feared for their jobs if they were to be named.

The union’s barrister, John Hendy QC said the journalists wanted to paint a picture which “was not entirely consistent with that which editors and proprietors have painted of their papers”.

An RMT spokesman said: “Bob Crow will be shining the spotlight on a campaign of dirty tricks, lies, law breaking, harassment and intimidation by the right-wing press going back a decade.”

Bob Crow discusses his relationship with the media in our film profile here:

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