Scoop Journalist Writes of his Blog Becoming a 'Samizdat Outlet' Among Fellow Hacks

The journalist behind the 'scoop' that led to the head of refereeing at the Scottish Football Association standing down, has written in The Guardian newspaper that a number of his sources were Scots journalists who viewed his blog – where his scoop appeared – “as a sort of samizdat outlet”.

Phil Mac Giolla Bhain writes of the downfall of Hugh Dallas, accused of having sent an email that joked about the Pope, causing a high-profile storm of protest, notably from the Scottish Catholic Media Office.

He said: “Some of my sources were Scottish journalists. Staffers on major titles viewed my website as a sort of samizdat outlet. Their sources inside the SFA were corroborating what my SFA source was saying.”

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