The journalist who quit the Daily Star for its alleged anti-Muslim “hatemongering” has told police that he has received a slew of abusive messages since quitting the newspaper, according to MediaGuardian.
Richard Peppiatt explained his decision to leave in an extraordinary letter addressed to the tabloid’s owner, Richard Desmond, in which he admitted making up fictional stories – a practice he said was endemic at the paper. He also accused his employer of whipping up an “us and them” Islamophobic rhetoric, especially in what he perceived as the Star‘s championing of the English Defence League.
Peppiatt has now said that he has received more than 30 abusive texts, emails and silent calls, including warnings such as: “I am going to meet u now, pepps” and “you’re now a marked man till the day you die – Oh dear”. Another said: “We are planning a kiss n’ tell on you”.
Peppiatt told police there is circumstantial evidence that a “likely source” may be connected to the Star‘s newsroom and also alleged that his phone could have been hacked.
The accusations have been refuted by the paper. It said colleagues that had worked with Peppiatt “categorically denied it but evinced great surprise that the allegation had been made.
“The same applies to any allegation of phone-hacking. We don’t do that. It simply isn’t done at the Daily Star.”