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Post by sharonl on 20.03.13 7:22

So who IS funding Hacked Off? Campaign group refuses to name its rich donors despite campaigning for transparency

MPs call on the group to reveal who is funding them - but they are resisting Names of alleged donors are published although some deny involvement
Those named include Jeremy Clarkson, Lord Sainsbury and Alain de Botton

By MARTIN ROBINSONPUBLISHED: 15:55, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:54,

Hacked Off, which has the backing of Hugh Grant, will not reveal who its top donors arePressure group Hacked Off is refusing to reveal who is bankrolling them despite campaigning for more transparency in the press.Senior members would not comment on claims that rich benefactors keen on greater media regulation were covering the costs of the group, which is supported by celebrities including Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan.Blogger Guido Fawkes claims he has a list that shows key donors include Lady Annabel Goldsmith, mother of Jemima Khan and Zac Goldsmith and billionaire Lord Sainsbury, who was one of Labour's biggest financial backers under Tony Blair.Another four high-profile donors were claimed to be philosopher Alain de Botton, tycoon Arpad Busson, hairdresser John Frieda and BBC star Jeremy Clarkson.Mr Clarkson, who is alleged to have made a £1,000 payment to Hacked Off, denied this on Twitter yesterday.The net worth of these rich and powerful men and women is far in excess of £1billion, and they may have helped support the parents of Milly Dowler and Madeleine McCann from press intrusion.Members were in front of the the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee today, but were criticised for their performance.Tory MP Conor Burns, said: 'The champions of openness that is Hacked Off refuse to name large private donors in non-answers to my questions'. 

Internet sites targeted by MPs for first time ‘in chilling threat to free speech’... but could bloggers also face huge damages in Press crackdown?How four Hacked Off campaigners sat in on the talks - but no-one from the newspaper industryLabour MP calls for 'parasitical Press' to be kicked out of Parliament as Max Mosley claims new watchdog is a 'win-win' for the public and newspapers Philip Davies, one of 14 Conservative MPs who rebelled last night over a Commons amendment enabling the courts to impose exemplary damages on newspapers which do not sign up to the new regulator, said it was 'laughable' for Hacked Off to pose as champions of a free press.'You are not here to represent a free press. You're here to represent people who on the one hand court publicity for all it's worth if there's a financial return for them but don't like the negative publicity that sometimes goes it, he said.'You're here representing the Hugh Grants of the world. You are not here representing the free press of the world.'Claims: Presenter Jeremy Clarkson, hairdresser John Frieda, billionaire Labour donor Lord David Sainsbury and philosopher Alain De Botton have all allegedly donated to Hacked Off. Mr Clarkson has denied it.After pressure from campaigners all political parties must declare donations of more than £5,000, but Hacked Off appears unwilling to do the same. The group later hit back saying that newspapers should stop lobbying ministers over the creation of a new press regulator.Hugh Tomlinson QC, a leading member of the group which campaigns for tighter press regulation, said the newspapers had had the chance to make their case to the Leveson inquiry and should now accept its findings.Anger: MPs called on Hacked Off to reveal who was donating to themOn the offensive: Brian Cathcart, Executive Director of Hacked Off, told MPs today that papers were abusing their powerSpeaking to MPs today Hacked Off director Brian Cathcart accused some newspapers of an 'abuse' of their power in an attempt to protect their own position.Mr Tomlinson, who was one of four Hacked Off representatives present at the late night talks where the deal was hammered out, said newspapers were not entitled to a fresh chance to influence ministers.'We don't think they are entitled to lobby,' he said.'There was a public inquiry where they were represented by a total of eight or 10 different QCs who argued their case, they have brought their evidence, the judge considered it, the judge came to his conclusion.'We think that the press shouldn't have a second bite of the cherry trying to lobby ministers again with arguments that failed in front of the public inquiry. We continue to think that those recommendations ought to be implemented.'

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Post by aquila on 20.03.13 7:45

Wouldn't it be bizarre if someone within the BBC was a donor!
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Post by sharonl on 20.03.13 7:54

Certain people always shoot themselves in the foot, I dont believe that they were hacked or victims of press intrusion, so what is really going on snd who is behind it all? Feigning victimhood and getting involved here may have been their biggest mistake so far, maybe this will catch them out.

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Post by aquila on 20.03.13 7:59

It would be very interesting to know what business interests donors have.

The areas of particular interest being healthcare, pharmaceuticals, digital media, wind farms, solar energy and telecomms. I believe people within these business areas would rather not have the press rummaging around.

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Post by aiyoyo on 20.03.13 13:26

To answer the title of this thread, the funders seemed apparent to be people who support the Left Wing, playing one political party against the other political party.

Tory got Murdoch as bed partner, and Labour got Hacked off as bed partner, all fair and square.
Politicians are just ambitious maroons who kowtow to the 'Rich' because that's where the next-election-funding -money is going to come from. And in turn the supporters with money will watch their wealth grow because their interests and investments will be protected by the elected-in Government of Choice. It's called scratching each other's back.

It's a silly game of politics among politicians of the various parties; and maybe even among members of the same party.
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Post by Guest on 15.05.13 12:08

@sharonl wrote:So who IS funding Hacked Off? Campaign group refuses to name its rich donors despite campaigning for transparency

MPs call on the group to reveal who is funding them - but they are resisting Names of alleged donors are published although some deny involvement
Those named include Jeremy Clarkson, Lord Sainsbury and Alain de Botton

By MARTIN ROBINSONPUBLISHED: 15:55, 19 March 2013 | UPDATED: 17:54,

Hacked Off, which has the backing of Hugh Grant, will not reveal who its top donors arePressure group Hacked Off is refusing to reveal who is bankrolling them despite campaigning for more transparency in the press.Senior members would not comment on claims that rich benefactors keen on greater media regulation were covering the costs of the group, which is supported by celebrities including Hugh Grant and Steve Coogan.Blogger Guido Fawkes claims he has a list that shows key donors include Lady Annabel Goldsmith, mother of Jemima Khan and Zac Goldsmith and billionaire Lord Sainsbury, who was one of Labour's biggest financial backers under Tony Blair.Another four high-profile donors were claimed to be philosopher Alain de Botton, tycoon Arpad Busson, hairdresser John Frieda and BBC star Jeremy Clarkson.Mr Clarkson, who is alleged to have made a £1,000 payment to Hacked Off, denied this on Twitter yesterday.The net worth of these rich and powerful men and women is far in excess of £1billion, and they may have helped support the parents of Milly Dowler and Madeleine McCann from press intrusion.Members were in front of the the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee today, but were criticised for their performance.Tory MP Conor Burns, said: 'The champions of openness that is Hacked Off refuse to name large private donors in non-answers to my questions'.

Internet sites targeted by MPs for first time ‘in chilling threat to free speech’... but could bloggers also face huge damages in Press crackdown?How four Hacked Off campaigners sat in on the talks - but no-one from the newspaper industryLabour MP calls for 'parasitical Press' to be kicked out of Parliament as Max Mosley claims new watchdog is a 'win-win' for the public and newspapers Philip Davies, one of 14 Conservative MPs who rebelled last night over a Commons amendment enabling the courts to impose exemplary damages on newspapers which do not sign up to the new regulator, said it was 'laughable' for Hacked Off to pose as champions of a free press.'You are not here to represent a free press. You're here to represent people who on the one hand court publicity for all it's worth if there's a financial return for them but don't like the negative publicity that sometimes goes it, he said.'You're here representing the Hugh Grants of the world. You are not here representing the free press of the world.'Claims: Presenter Jeremy Clarkson, hairdresser John Frieda, billionaire Labour donor Lord David Sainsbury and philosopher Alain De Botton have all allegedly donated to Hacked Off. Mr Clarkson has denied it.After pressure from campaigners all political parties must declare donations of more than £5,000, but Hacked Off appears unwilling to do the same. The group later hit back saying that newspapers should stop lobbying ministers over the creation of a new press regulator.Hugh Tomlinson QC, a leading member of the group which campaigns for tighter press regulation, said the newspapers had had the chance to make their case to the Leveson inquiry and should now accept its findings.Anger: MPs called on Hacked Off to reveal who was donating to themOn the offensive: Brian Cathcart, Executive Director of Hacked Off, told MPs today that papers were abusing their powerSpeaking to MPs today Hacked Off director Brian Cathcart accused some newspapers of an 'abuse' of their power in an attempt to protect their own position.Mr Tomlinson, who was one of four Hacked Off representatives present at the late night talks where the deal was hammered out, said newspapers were not entitled to a fresh chance to influence ministers.'We don't think they are entitled to lobby,' he said.'There was a public inquiry where they were represented by a total of eight or 10 different QCs who argued their case, they have brought their evidence, the judge considered it, the judge came to his conclusion.'We think that the press shouldn't have a second bite of the cherry trying to lobby ministers again with arguments that failed in front of the public inquiry. We continue to think that those recommendations ought to be implemented.'

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2295834/So-funding-Hacked-Off-Campaign-group-refuses-rich-donors-despite-campaigning-transparency.html#ixzz2O3rQ5GjE

Forgot I read this a couple of days ago

Revealed: names of wealthy donors to Hacked Off campaign


A hedge fund manager, a science writer and a friend of Robbie Williams gave thousands to the group that is demanding new press laws


One of Britain's wealthiest hedge fund managers, a music producer who is a close friend of Robbie Williams, and a successful author can all be named today as donors to the Hacked Off campaign

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2013/may/11/hacked-off-donors-revealed
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Post by tigger on 15.05.13 14:34

I seem to remember that Clarkson said he didn't - on HIGNFY.

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Post by aiyoyo on 15.05.13 16:28

Funders names are nothing to set alarm bell ringing for the Politicians.

Mainly individuals from the entertainment and banking industries looking after their self interests either because they have a few skeletons in the closet, or being pre-emptive of future scandals.

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Post by sharonl on 16.05.13 20:26

Jemima Khan helped bankroll Hacked Off campaign with £5,000 donation

The pressure group refuses to reveal its donors

Separate four-figure sum reportedly came from her mother

By Michael Seamark

PUBLISHED: 00:42, 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 00:43, 10 May 2013

Heiress Jemima Khan has helped bankroll the campaign group Hacked Off with a £5,000 donation.

The pressure group, which sat in on late-night talks at Ed Miliband's Commons office when the Royal charter on newspaper regulation was agreed by the three political parties, refuses to reveal its donors.

But the writer and socialite confirmed yesterday that she is one of the wealthy backers of the organisation fronted by her ex-boyfriend Hugh Grant.

Ms Khan said her donation was made to the Media Standards Trust - the organisation which spawned the Hacked Off campaign.

A separate four-figure sum reportedly came from her mother, Lady Annabel Goldsmith. Hacked Off has come under increasing pressure to disclosure the source of its income.

Two months ago the group refused to tell MPs the names of rich individuals financing its fight for a Press law and academic Brian Cathcart, a co-founder of the group, was heckled at a Glasgow literary festival when he declined to unmask donors.


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Professor Cathcart told the Commons committee in March that Mr Grant had donated 'quite substantial' damages he received from News International over phone-hacking.

But he would not name other individuals, leading one MP to Tweet: 'The champions of openness that is Hacked Off refuse to name large private donors in non-answers to my questions.'

Ms Khan has used her home to host star-studded events to promote the Hacked Off campaign. She allowed actor Mr Grant to host a fund-raising dinner there and she held Christmas drinks for people who had complained about the press, their lawyers and her friends.

Her brother, the millionaire Tory MP Zac Goldsmith, has been a long-standing supporter of Hacked Off and attended its launch in July 2011 with Mr Grant at the House of Lords.

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman, one of those present at the controversial meeting in Mr Miliband's office in March, told others present: 'I was texting Zac Goldsmith on his honeymoon for God's sake.'

The late Sir James Goldsmith, billionaire head of the family, had a notoriously prickly relationship with the Press, in the Seventies issuing 63 libel writs against Private Eye.

He once said: 'You have heard of the power of the press. Now you will discover the power of money.'

Both Ms Khan and Mr Goldsmith are journalists. She is European editor-at-large of Vanity Fair and associate editor of the New Statesman. He is a former editor of The Ecologist.

Ms Khan put up bail for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, wanted in Sweden on rape and sexual assault allegations and who is currently holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy.

Ms Khan's £5,000 donation was made in August 2011 and came from the Jemima Khan Foundation, a registered charity established 'to promote charitable purposes for public benefit, with particular reference to the promotion of human rights, the relief from need of victims of conflict and natural disaster, the advancement in life of young people and the relief of poverty.'

All but £1,500 of the Foundation's £122,600 income for the year ended March 2012 came from the JMG Foundation, a body set up with money from her father Sir James.

On its website the only funding Hacked Off discloses is a £50,000 grant over 2012-13 from the Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust and over £20,000 it says it is soon due to receive from the Journalism Foundation, a charitable body set up by the owners of The Independent newspapers.

Hacked Off said: 'We do not regret accepting money to fund our activities from some people who did not want their donations made public.

'We understand and respect their desire to avoid the kind of hostile treatment that has been dished out to people who openly criticise the press, and we are grateful to them for their generosity.

'We are grateful too, to the very many generous people who have given money openly. We have been open from the outset about our funding.'

Ms Khan said: 'My donation was to the Media Standards Trust (a charity) for use for Hacked Off in line with their charitable purposes. I am on record as a supporter of Hacked Off, after hosting events to help them raise a tiny fraction of the funds available to the powerful owners of newspapers.

'The all-party agreement is a major achievement for such a small campaign group, especially when set against the vast resources of the press.'

Her mother Lady Annabel would not comment


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Re: So who IS funding Hacked Off?

Post by tigger on 16.05.13 20:48

@aiyoyo wrote:Funders names are nothing to set alarm bell ringing for the Politicians.

Mainly individuals from the entertainment and banking industries looking after their self interests either because they have a few skeletons in the closet, or being pre-emptive of future scandals.


Well, that's the point isn't it really, of Hacked Off? So if the above individuals refuse to divulge their interests, they are basically buying silence so their past and future 'private' lives are never discussed unless they allow this.

thinking Well, being caught by the police committing a lewd act in public isn't very private to start off with - such individuals could have nothing but 'good' publicity courtesy of HO. How would that work? Close the public galleries in the courts?

Join Hacked Off!
For donations over £ 100,000,- complete anonymity is guaranteed. No-one will ever know that you were a donor. No-one shall ever print a single word about you which has not been passed by our resident censors and your good self. etc.

Only problem I can see here is that it's not so easy then to take the press to court in order to get a massive compensation for them printing information that you've previously leaked, just so that you can sue them.
Unless you've already been there, done that, in that case Hacked Off is a better option for more than one reason.







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