Quem ler esta notícia do Económico, citado no portal do Sapo fica a saber o mesmo e a especular mais. "Encontrado morto"?- é a pergunta lógica. E a especulação virá logo a seguir.
A notícia diz que o primeiro repórter a falar abertamente no caso das escutas do News of the World, "foi hoje encontrado morto em casa". Nenhuma referência a estado de saúde, motivo da morte ou situação do falecido. Nada. Só aquela referência.
Um pouco de pesquisa, simples, poderia dar um resultado mais esclarecedor, mas para o jornalismo caseiro, imitador pindérico do pior que de lá de fora chega, para quem é bacalhau basta.
At a time when the reputation of News of the World journalists is at rock bottom, it needs to be said that the paper's former showbusiness correspondent Sean Hoare, who died on Monday, was a lovely man.
In the saga of the phone-hacking scandal, he distinguished himself by being the first former NoW journalist to come out on the record, telling the New York Times last year that his former friend and editor, Andy Coulson, had actively encouraged him to hack into voicemail.
That took courage. But he had a particularly powerful motive for speaking. He knew how destructive the News of the World could be, not just for the targets of its exposés, but also for the ordinary journalists who worked there, who got caught up in its remorseless drive for headlines.
Explaining why he had spoken out, he told me: "I want to right a wrong, lift the lid on it, the whole culture. I know, we all know, that the hacking and other stuff is endemic. Because there is so much intimidation. In the newsroom, you have people being fired, breaking down in tears, hitting the bottle."
He knew this very well, because he was himself a victim of the News of the World. As a showbusiness reporter, he had lived what he was happy to call a privileged life. But the reality had ruined his physical health: "I was paid to go out and take drugs with rock stars – get drunk with them, take pills with them, take cocaine with them. It was so competitive. You are going to go beyond the call of duty. You are going to do things that no sane man would do. You're in a machine."