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ER IS NU OOK EEN ENGELSE UDO ULFKOTTE: PETER OBORNE * HIJ VERLIET THE DAILY TELEGRAPH WEGENS COMPLEET VERLIES VAN JOURNALISTIEKE INTEGRITEIT EN BESCHERMING VAN DE CRIMINELE PLUNDER-BANKEN

OBORNE

For a step taken out of such forceful conviction, Peter Oborne’s decision to drop a bomb on the Daily Telegraph did not come easily. “I had huge reservations,” says the paper’s former chief political commentator of his decision to write an excoriating piece about the Telegraph’s leadership for the website OpenDemocracy, shortly after his very public resignation from the newspaper. “When I first thought about doing it, I decided not to, because I’m conscious that there are countless wonderful journalists there, reporters and writers who do a brilliant job. And I am extremely troubled by the idea of bringing bad publicity to the Telegraph. I love the Telegraph. But I feel I love it more than the owners. And when I watched last week’s HSBC coverage, I changed my mind.” Even so, he says, it was hard to send the request for comment to the newspaper’s PR department that would make his decision irreversible. “Pressing the button was a big moment,” he says. “I was worried about giving ammunition to rivals. I failed to press it two or three times. But I did. And after a while, I felt relief. Because then the die was cast.”
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