Thursday, April 06, 2006

And the Fake Sheik is?

Looks like it's all over for 'fake sheikh' reporter Mazher Mahmood, who after battling against George Galloway's efforts to expose him has thrown the towel in.

The current ban expired at 4pm today and after which point newspapers and websites will be free to publish pictures of The News of the World man after he came undone while trying to sting George Galloway.

I won't reiterate all the Galloway stuff that I and everyone else have already gone over, but it does look like Mahmood is going to need a job of some sort. Obviously one with a picture by-line.


 
His departure from the world of undercover journalism is probably going to make a lot of people happy and some others unhappy.

There are lots of stories about Mahmood and his scruple-free lifestyle, some of which relate to how by using the News International chequebook he would pay women to help compromise celebrities as part of his stings.

Certainly recent stings have involved a 'Footballers Wives' bit part actress being unveiled as a high-class hooker. Mahmood certainly knew how to track his stories down.

He's probably going to miss staying in all those top hotels and being chauffer driven around town.

Expect a "Fake Sheik Idol" competition, to fill Mahmood's shoes. Sadly winners wanting to job the celebrity circuit can only ever expect to get their silhouette published - unless that is they take on Galloway.

Who as Labour MP, and Gordon Brown aide, Ian Austin, put it: "George, I suppose this just goes to show that it takes one imposter to spot another. After all you managed to persuade the good people of Bethnal Green and Bow that you would be a hard working local MP."

Update: you can read Brand Republic's full story here.

3 Comments:

At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cheers for clearing up the happy/unhappy situation!

 
At 12:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loving the indepth analysis:

His departure from the world of undercover journalism is probably going to make a lot of people happy and some others unhappy.

I'd never have worked that out without your expert knowledge! Darling Gordon we do love you but sometimes you really are quite dappy.

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger Gordon said...

Fair enough, having read that back, it's possibly not the greatest contribution to journalism, part of the problem with this whole instant comment thing there's never quite enough time to read things twice.

 

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