REDUX: Beneath the Molehill: Dennis Rice, Guido Fawkes, the new Press Regulator IPSO

UPDATE:  Old Animus Revisited

SUMMARY OF UPDATE: having admitted to being the source of the abortive Guido Fawkes/Daily Mail story about my mortgage in 2014, and the recent fact free hit jobs on Byline in April this year, Dennis Rice reports me to the police. 

Well over a year since this blog was published, and nearly two years since I last corresponded with him in any fashion, Dennis Rice has seen fit to reactivate this issue after Byline broke various stories about the Conservative Culture Secretary John Whittingdale, which was followed by some corrigible hit jobs in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Guido Fawkes gossip website, directed against myself and the site in April 2016.

I have not replied to the delectable Mr Rice – nor do I intend to. But I will post each successive communication as it comes in

(You can ignore most this email which is contradicted by the information  below. The key fact is Rice admits to being the source for Sunday Telegraph article.)

Dear Mr Jukes,
I do hope you haven’t been injured in the self irony overload from your whining about the Sunday Telegraph not asking you to comment prior to publication.
I had the same experience when you made up a story about how I was part of  a Fleet Street Conspiracy of two (I had last worked on Fleet St eight in 2008 and the other person you named was Louise Mensch, an author and then MP who has at that point never written for Fleet Street)
In order to do this you moved a tweet I had posted in January 2014 – in response to your attacking my family’s hacking and privacy – forward four months to pretend it had been made in response to a book which I had zero interest in, and everyone I knew had zero interest in (a situation which continues to this day).
When this became clear to the UK Press Gazette they pulled the excerpt and unsurprisingly IPSO found in my favour.
Even then you weren’t man enough to accept it – first  you blogged your nonsense again claiming “censorship” (no its called correcting a complete inaccuracy); then inventing yet another conspiracy (yawn), namely that because Peter Wright was a member of IPSO, and had employed me six years earlier, he must have influenced the decision.
What likely influenced IPSO was your ludicrous claim that you couldn’t check the original tweet – when it was on open display for a month at the time of your writing the book – then that you didn’t want to give me a Right of Reply for fear of the police being contacted. This demonstrated once again your complete lack of the most basic and rudimentary journalist training and skills.
And I recall telling you at the time that the IPSO judgement would he there forever – and quite rightly so.
Thus when newspapers are investigating Byline and it’s obvious links to Hacked Off (our differences in fact commenced with yout joining an attack in me by a Hacked Off director – an organisation you have never once criticised) you shouldn’t be surprised that they end up contacting me.
That isn’t a conspiracy but rather a direct consequence of your own actions isn’t it?
Now go back to your mundane and frankly boring existence imagining conspiracies and re tweeting yourself.
Meantime rest assured that if anyone contacts me about you I will (a) provide any and all information I have on your rank hypocrisy and distortions; and (b) do it for free.
Dennis Rice

Having published that – this came in a few hours later


And now come the threats of police action which I also publish


Note I have done nothing but republish Mr Rice’s emails to me. But he continues….


I did not publish the following email a few hours later however because Rice seemed to be backing down


I have published it now because the next morning it emerged…


UPDATE 17/05/16: Rice clearly did contact the police but then backed down. A PC from Thames Valley writes:

Since his initial complaint, Mr Rice has failed to return my emails or provide me any evidence of an offence. As a result, his complaint has filed with no further action.
Kind regards,
Team 5
High Wycombe Police Station
Oddly enough, just as Mr Rice was collecting his erroneous information on Byline, I was sent a spear phishing email with malware via the Society of Editors server.


In sum, I consider these investigatory, legal and now criminal allegations to constitute a clear case of harassment over prolonged period of time.


Despite popular demand to publish  it gives me no pleasure to rehearse this sorry and rather sordid tale of tabloid trolling that arose in the background of my hacking trial coverage. I devoted a few paragraphs about this in my book, not because it had any huge public interest, but because it was indicative of the kind of abuses certain members of the British press routinely resort to.

However, two of those responsible for running interference throughout my coverage of the trial, Paul Staines of the Guido Fawkes blog, and Dennis Rice, former journo with the Mail on Sunday and News of the World,  have decided to turn the molehill of a minor and ‘not egregious’ press correction into a full post on the Guido Fawkes blog. Richard Bartholomew has already dissected most of the misrepresentations in a blog I’ve cross posted here. But there are additional details about Dennis Rice, Guido Fawkes and IPSO which are of public interest.

The whole saga is a small but instructive example of the way the so called avatars of the ‘free press’ are willing to use any means at their disposal – investigatory, regulatory, and threats of civil and criminal legal action – to attempt to silence those who expose their abuses.

For the last reason more than anything I’m prepared to wade through the sticky stuff again.

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 1 July

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Mitigation Pleas Continue
Timothy Langdale QC pleads Mitigation for Andy Coulson
Witness for Andy Coulson – Matthew D’Ancona (Spectator Journalist)
The Prosecution reply to Coulson’s Mitigation
Application for Costs
News UK apply for costs
Comments from Peter Jukes
Peter Jukes reflects on Live Tweeting

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 30 June

Monday 30 June 2014

Mitigation Pleas
The Court hears mitigation pleas from those guilty of Phone Hacking
Andrew Edis QC presents the case for the Crown
Gavin Millar QC pleads mitigation for Gen Mulcaire
Trevor Burke QC pleads mitigation for Greg Miskiw
Hugh Davis QC pleads mitigation for Neville Thurlbeck
Charles Bott QC pleads mitigation for James Weatherup
Andy Coulson’s mitigation plea will be tomorrow

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 25 June

Links: The Trial So Far | Full Trial Summary | Indexed Evidence | Breaking News

Wednesday 25 June 2014

The Trial Ends
The Jury continue to consider verdicts on Counts 2 and 3
No verdict on Counts 2 and 3
The Trial Ends – Mr Justice Saunders thanks the Jury
Peter Jukes describes some of the background to the Hacking Trial
Aspects of the Hacking Trial that could not be reported

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 24 June

Links: The Trial So Far | Full Trial Summary | Indexed Evidence | Breaking News

Tuesday 24 June 2014

The Verdicts
The Jury deliver verdicts on Count 1, 5, 6 and 7
Verdicts on Counts 2 and 3 still to be considered
The Jury ask questions on Counts 2 and 3
The Jury to return tomorrow

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 11 June

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Wednesday 11 June 2014

The Summing Up Continues on Count 7
Mr Justice Sanders continues on the Removal of Evidence
The Summing Up of Evidence on Count 2 and 3
The Evidence of purchasing Royal Directories and Royal Green Books
The Summing Up of Evidence on Count 5
The Evidence of paying a Public Official
Mr Justice Saunders Concludes the Trial
Corrections to Evidence
Jury presented with Electronic copies of the Evidence
The Judge retires the Jury to consider their verdicts

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 10 June

Links: The Trial So Far | Full Trial Summary | Indexed Evidence | Breaking News

Tuesday 10 June 2014

The Summing Up Continues on Count 1
The last full day of Justice Saunders Summing Up
Justice Saunders QC continues his review of Count 1
Goodman pleads Guilty
Coulson’s Resignation
Brooks job offer to Goodman
The Guardian Hacking article in 2009
Email Deletion Policy
The Summing Up of Evidence on Count 6
Count 6 and the Archived Boxes
The Summing Up of Evidence on Count 7
Count 7 and the Removal of Evidence

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 9 June

Links: The Trial So Far | Full Trial Summary | Indexed Evidence | Breaking News

Monday 9 June 2014

The Summing Up Continues on Count 1
Justice Saunders QC continues his review of Count One and Blunkett Evidence
Evidence of Hacking relating to Charles Clarke
The Jude Law, Sienna Miller, Daniel Craig Story
The Evidence of Dan Evans
Coulson’s Evidence on Evans Hacking
The Hacking of Mark Oaten and Laura Rooney
The Calum Best Story
The Hacking of Tessa Jowell and John Prescott
The Evidence of Eimear Cook
The Evidence of Ambi Sitham
The Hacking of Gordon Taylor
The Hacking of Royal Phones

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