Glen Jenvey-Sourced Story Leads to High Court Writ

7 January 2009, front page of the Sun:

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24 February, from the Guardian:

The Apprentice star Sir Alan Sugar has begun legal action over a Sun front page story that alleged he was named on a “terror hit list”.

…The businessman and TV star is understood to have been angry at the story, which he felt risked his personal security.

In the Sun’s January story, which was headlined “Terror Target Sugar”, it was alleged that Islamic extremists were targeting leading British Jews including Sugar in revenge for Israel’s invasion of Gaza.

But the Sun doesn’t need to worry unduly – it has an impeccable source for its story, a self-styled “anti-terrorism expert” named Glen Jenvey, who will doubtless be giving evidence. Jenvey – who appeared as a pundit on the controversial Obsession DVD – has recently rebutted allegations that he fabricated the story by explaining that the Press Complaints Commission is in league with al-Qaeda and guilty of “hate crimes” (revelations which he has disseminated via anonymous postings to Wikipedia), and he has confounded critics by telling us that Guardian ran a report about the PCC’s investigation because the paper’s editor is conspiring to protect a Muslim who used to be a columnist for the paper’s website. What could go wrong?

18 Responses

  1. […] Barts notes Posted at 8:07 pm by Paul Sorene […]

  2. Good News all round

    I suspect Jenvey will be in Court for this!

  3. Having said that has Jenvey going MIA for the past week or so?

  4. […] and Sir Alan Sugar – subject of the Sun headline “Terror Target Sugar” – is planning to sue the […]

  5. […] lashings-out since – this is rather serious; and as I noted recently, the Sun is currently being sued over website forum story. Tim has emailed the British Ambassador to Afghanistan, Sir Sherard […]

  6. […] and the Sun is now fending off an investigation from the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) and legal threats from Alan Sugar. Tim has now uncovered lots more – and there’s a small cameo by me in the […]

  7. […] word yet from the Sun newspaper, which is currently facing legal action over a front-page splash derived from Jenvey’s tainted […]

  8. […] it is – Ray was at one point a strong defender of Jenvey against the claim he had made bogus postings to Muslim websites in order to create tales of extremists he then sold to tabloids; in January […]

  9. […] Glen Jenvey Saga Spin-Offs Posted on May 12, 2009 by Richard Bartholomew Earlier this year the Sun ran a front-page splash claiming that Sir Alan Sugar was on a hitlist of British Jews to be targeted by Muslim extremists, based on evidence from self-styled “anti-terror” investigator Glen Jenvey gleaned from a Muslim discussion forum. Blogger Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads discovered that the “evidence” had in fact been planted by Jenvey; the result was that the Sun removed the story and Sugar threatened legal action. […]

  10. […] up the investigation; all we’ve had are two short pieces, one in the media section of  the Guardian and the other in Private Eye. Ray denounced the evidence against Jenvey as […]

  11. […] any public explanation), and articles about the controversy appeared in Private Eye and the Guardian. Jenvey has strongly protested his innocence, and he claims that the Guardian article was written […]

  12. […] any public explanation), and articles about the controversy appeared in Private Eye and the Guardian. Jenvey has strongly protested his innocence, and he claims that the Guardian article was written […]

  13. […] about Islamic extremism in British tabloids, but several months ago exposure led to the Sun being forced to remove a prominent story from its website. The nadir was reached in May, when a Daily Mail article made a […]

  14. […] The above headline – “Terror Target Sugar” – provided a front page splash for the Sun in January. The story explained that Muslims were plotting on an on-line forum to attack British Jews over Israel’s actions in Gaza; the paper’s evidence was postings made by a certain “Abu Islam” and brought to the attention of the newspaper by Glen Jenvey, an “anti-terrorist” expert who had previously appeared on BBC Newsnight discussing extremist Muslims and as a pundit for the American Obsession documentary. However, Tim Ireland of Bloggerheads found evidence strongly suggestive that Jenvey himself was Abu Islam, and that he had made the postings which he then “exposed” for the Sun. The story was removed from the internet, and Sugar’s lawyers announced plans to sue. […]

  15. […] wonders if Dudman gave the same explanation to Alan Sugar, who began legal proceedings against the Sun a few weeks after the above was published. He continues: The facts of the matter […]

  16. […] comment” responses. We’ve seen how easy it was for Jenvey to get a scare story ont0 the front page of the Sun (helped by an endorsment from Mercer); it seems it was just as much of a doddle to get […]

  17. […] been made by a non-Muslim who then passed the story on to a news agency. The tale was debunked and withdrawn (and the originator arrested), but the Sun attempted to defend its article in a letter to […]

  18. […] the Sun has a track record of publishing stories of dubious provenance on such issues. As noted by Barth’s Notes on Religion, in January 2009 the Sun ran a story claiming that threats had been made on a website against a […]

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