(not satire – it’s the UK press!)

UK tabloid journalists are (mostly) a bunch of scum.

You only need to know about the Milly Dowler case and all the other recent cases involving them to know that.

And freelance journalist Sonia Poulton – who writes mainly for the Daily Mail and the Daily Express – is no exception.

Poulton and her partner Lee Ryan, along with a handful of her colleagues, have been threatening me with libel and even threats of violence since I wrote these blogposts nearly two years ago:

Daily Mail hack boasts about being able to ‘trace’ personal phone numbers of Twitter users

Mail hack threatens to sue me for asking how she traced Twitter users’ personal information

This is what you get when you dare to question a tabloid journalist in the UK

These threats have mostly been just water off a duck’s back to me.

But recently their campaign of hate against me has taken a more sinister turn. Having failed to scare me into silence, they’ve started to turn on my friends.

Here’s a recent Facebook status from a friend of mine, the comments below it are self-explanatory (reproduced with permission):

ryan julian fb.

And now, since my friend blocked the journalist’s attempts to hassle him, he’s started to get nasty and very personal messages from Ryan and a handful of other Poulton’s colleagues.

Please remember, my friend has nothing to do with this blog, he is just a teacher.

Here are examples of a few of the messages from Poulton and her colleagues (the abuse will make more sense if you know my friend’s wife is Polish):

julian 1

They started mentioning personal things, to show they were tracking him, in this case a new bicycle he had just bought for his 7-year old son:

julian 2

They even knew about a visit to an Indian restaurant he made recently:

julian 3

And they let him know they are watching his wife too:

julian 4

And a lot lot more nasty messages, too many to post here, this one showing they are tracking his locations:

julian 5 And some messages which are downright sinister:julian 7


My friend’s a bit of a tough cookie so fortunately he’s not intimidated by all this.

But this trolling of innocent members of the public by tabloid journalists proves that nothing has changed since Leveson:

See who the new chairman of press complaints is

And to those tabloid trolls who are definitely reading this blogpost, I promise you this:

Your pathetic attempts to intimidate me and my friends into silence will only make me even more determined to expose the wrongdoing of you and the UK tabloid press on this blog.


Related articles by Tom Pride:

The Daily Mail timeline of shame

Daily Mail fail – newspaper uses false photo in Kenya shopping centre article

Photo of Mark Duggan at daughter’s funeral cropped to paint him as a gangster

Daily Mail admits it was wrong about immigration (and hopes nobody will notice)

Daily Mail story about sunrises being shown on big screens in Beijing was made up

Child abuse scandal can of worms – just who is Daily Mail reporter David Rose?

Oops! Daily Mail gets British immigration test wrong


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