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UK Reporters Try To Plant Fake Bombs – Again

From those fans of terrorists everywhere, the Guardian:

Mirror reporters held over fake bomb attempt

Lee Glendinning

Wednesday July 25, 2007

Two Daily Mirror journalists were arrested yesterday after attempting to plant a fake bomb on a train in what the newspaper called a “legitimate and justified journalistic exercise”.

The reporters were arrested at Stonebridge Park depot in north-west London after railway staff noticed the men carrying fake equipment and approached them to ask what they were doing on the site before contacting the British Transport police to report the trespass.

A police spokesman said the men were arrested at the depot yesterday afternoon and taken to a police station nearby. The matter was still being investigated and no charges had yet been laid, police said.

The Mirror defended its reporters yesterday. It said they were carrying out the investigation to test security and were following up on a similar story last year when its reporter Tom Parry planted a fake bomb on a train bound for Sellafield.

“Last year Mirror journalists attempted and succeeded in planting a fake bomb on a nuclear train, which highlighted serious security lapses,” a spokesperson for the paper said.

“We felt that it was a legitimate and justified journalistic exercise to repeat the action in the interests of public safety…

Mr Parry is understood to be one of the two men held yesterday…

In January a Mirror journalist also placed a fake bomb on an unguarded train at Didcot Parkway station in Oxfordshire, an exercise which prompted a review of security on MoD trains…

You see fake bombs aren’t terrorism. 

They’re journalism.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 25th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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