I have not included other tweets made by Jones today. I class myself as a 'responsible' blogger you see and I cannot be sure that certain remarks published could be damaging to another's reputation ! You see there is such a thing as 'responsible journalism' I learned a little about this concept last Tuesday. I don't fully understand it so I'll give you the ten points of responsible journalism as the law stood in 2004
New guidelines came into play with the Defamation Act of 2013
Read that last bit again
Editors wanting to use the defence will still have to establish that copy is balanced and neutral and that thorough steps were taken to verify the facts.
Note that I am only imparting to the reader what the law says. Consider the following : Did Meirion Jones or any other journalist for that matter, take these 'thorough steps' when they committed to a permanent form, accusations made against various men by Savile accuser's including Karin Ward ? Because, that is what these journalists did when they recorded Karin Ward's words ! The fact that Jones does not appear to have even checked when the Clunk Click episode featuring Freddie Starr, was recorded, could lead a reasonable person to conclude that he had not behaved responsibly !
The result of this being that a very SERIOUS allegation was made about a man who was subsequently, arrested and re-arrested several times over a significant period.
Here's another one of those 'Six things all journalists need to know'
Amazing how Jones now volunteers anyone who asks, Karin Ward's actual date of birth. I don't remember him sharing that information before today. He's more than welcome to correct me if I am wrong !