Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Sun pays damages to Tom Watson MP

The Sun has joined the Mail on Sunday in paying damages to MP Tom Watson over claims he was involved in the Damien McBride plot to smear Conservative politicians. The MediaGuardian explains:

Lawyers for Sun publisher News Group Newspapers, a subsidiary of News International, said today that the paper accepted the stories were untrue. The Sun has agreed to pay Watson's legal costs and "a substantial sum" in damages...

The Sun has apologised to Labour MP Tom Watson in the high court today...[but] It is understood that the paper has not agreed to print an apology, however.

So the Sun apologises in court, agrees to pay damages, 'unreservedly withdrew the allegations' but nothing has appeared in print where the original allegations appeared? This seems most unusual - and surely can not remain the case for very long...

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