last updated on December 6, 2012
Reporter sacked after naming sex abuse suspect on Twitter
"A junior reporter on a weekly newspaper has been sacked after naming a man questioned by police investigating historic child sex abuse allegations last week as a well-known entertainer.
The journalist, who worked for the Archant-owned Great Yarmouth Mercury, posted the celebrity’s name on his personal Twitter account last Thursday.
It followed news that detectives investigating the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal had interviewed a man in his 80s from Berkshire under caution.
The man was interviewed for five hours by officers working on Operation Yewtree, which is investigating alleged sexual offences by Savile and others. Police refused to give any further details.
The reporter’s Tweet openly speculated that the person being interviewed was a named celebrity, saying he “would love this to be true.”
A second Tweet posted the same day recycled a joke about the same entertainer that was “doing the rounds.”
The Twitter account, which stated that views expressed there were the reporter’s own, has now been deleted and the reporter dismissed."