Journalism is not a popularity contest – but this abuse is absolutely off the scale

As an investigative journalist, an essential requirement is to develop a thick skin and the ability shrug off both criticism and resistance to what is being probed, writes Neil Wilby. Particularly, from subjects of those enquiries and their circle of friends and associates who may feel threatened by what may, potentially, be exposed. This can,Continue reading “Journalism is not a popularity contest – but this abuse is absolutely off the scale”

Bottle thrower is identified as ‘Walter Mitty’ character

Yet another convicted criminal has now been identified as part of the infamous group that self-style as The Rabble in Oldham. Over the past two years, having terrorised critics of their cult hero, unemployed Tameside conspiracy theorist, Raja Miah, with on-line ‘pile-ons’, and targeted stalking and trolling, they have more recently turned their attention toContinue reading “Bottle thrower is identified as ‘Walter Mitty’ character”

Tory denials blown apart

At the Oldham Council election count last Thursday (writes Neil Wilby), the first two of a significant number of councillors, candidates and party officials, from across the political spectrum, to visit me in the media centre were Cllr Graham Sheldon (Conservative Group leader) and Cllr Dave Arnott (media lead). Amongst other topics, mostly off theContinue reading “Tory denials blown apart”

‘Fact check’ fallacy

Less than two days ago, an article published on this website and headlined ‘Will hate campaign claim second local council Leader?’ (read in full here) reported on plans by a discredited political activist to escalate his smear campaign against the Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Cllr Arooj Shah. In reality, the article was outContinue reading “‘Fact check’ fallacy”

Stakes raised in charity challenge

In an article published elsewhere on this website on 4th March, 2022 (read more here), the gauntlet was thrown down to a self-styled political activist, who has blighted the East Lancashire mill town of Oldham, for over three years, with his own brand of persistent, mendacious lies and divisive hatred.   As the aforementioned article setsContinue reading “Stakes raised in charity challenge”