Axe understands that soon-to-depart Observer executive editor, news, Kamal Ahmed may have reason to look forward to the publication of a book called Flat Earth News due to published in February. Penned by award-winning Guardian writer Nick Davies, it includes a chapter on how The Observer (in keeping with many other news organisations) misreported the threat from Iraq leading up to the allied invasion.
Though not connected to AhmedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s exit, it includes criticism of the way then political editor Ahmed dealt with stories emanating from Downing Street on this subject.
DaviesÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ book looks set to give quite a few journalists cause to squeeze their stress balls. After making his mark with in-depth investigations on social issues for The Guardian, Davies is now turning his fire on Fleet Street. Axegrinder understands the book will expose Ã¢â‚¬Å“falsehood, distortion and propagandaÃ¢â‚¬ across Fleet Street.
Ahmed announced last week that he was leaving The Observer to become director of communications for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. It was a departure that has surprised many. As one Guardian Media Group source put it: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is certainly a remarkable and unexpected change of direction for a man who had clearly set his sights on becoming editor.Ã¢â‚¬