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Nick Davies is looking for paedos in Murdoch’s Wapping

by | 18th, December 2011

GUARDIAN journalist Nick Davies stands accused by the Sun and others of “sexing up” his reports about phone hacking at the News of the World .

Following the revelation that it probably wasn’t News of the Worl d journalists who deleted key voicemail messages from Milly Dowler’s phone, as Davies claimed on the front page of the Guardian in July, some are now wondering if Davies has been over-egging the pudding in order to make tabloid hacks appear *really* evil.

If this is the case, it wouldn’t be the first time Davies allowed his desire to brand a bunch of people as evil to override his responsibility as a journalist to be completely accurate and objective.

Back in the late 1990s, he was similarly chastised, by a judge, for sexing up his newspaper reports, this time in relation to incidents of child abuse that allegedly took place in Welsh care homes.

During the Bryn Estyn care-home panic of the 1990s, when some care-home workers in Wales were accused of acts of child abuse, many of them falsely, Davies wrote regular reports for the Guardian .

During the tribunal of inquiry into the Bryn Estyn affair in 1997, Davies was singled out for criticism by Sir Ronald Waterhouse, the retired High Court judge in charge of the tribunal, who accused Davies of going totally OTT in his descriptions of what allegedly happened in Welsh care homes.

In his Guardian reports, Davies compared what had allegedly happened in care homes with the Holocaust, describing the inquiry into the affair as a little Nuremberg “, and wrote sentences such as: “for years the muffled sound of scandal has been leaking from the closed world of Britain’s children’s homes” and “now, finally, for the first time, the truth is pouring out “.

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