I was on Twitter last night when the news of Sean Hoare’s death broke. Hoare was the first named journalist to say that former News of the World editor Andrew Coulson knew about the phone hacking incidents in the organisation. And now he is dead.
Apparently Hoare had a history of substance abuse and drinking and had an unspecified terminal illness. Which is why, I suppose, we should all be happy when the police say that they don’t think his death was suspicious.
Unless, of course, you consider the context. He died just days after:
- The 168-year old News of the World paper was shut down;
- Two former editors of the paper were arrested;
- Two of the UK’s top policemen resigned over allegations;
- At least eight other journalists have been arrested over similar phone hacking claims;
- Rupert Murdoch and son James are to appear before parliament to answer phone hacking allegations; and
- Even prime minister David Cameron cuts short diplomatic trip to South Africa to deal with the crisis.
If that’s not grounds for a little conspiracy I don’t know what is.