By Joseph Briers and Greg Sproston – News Editors
A former candidate for SU General Secretary and member of the Court of Governors has been accused of leaking photographs of the recent LSE Islamic Society dinner to at least one national newspaper.
A number of photographs, some of which are censored, have appeared in critical articles across the British media. Yesterday, the Metro chose to publish one particular photograph which was insufficiently cropped and therefore displayed the thumbnail of his Facebook profile picture, confirming that it originated from his account. It is possible that he took a screenshot of the image, and sent the screenshot that included his picture thumbnail to a third party who subsequently forwarded it to media outlets, however several posts on social media show that some students believe that he was indeed the media source.
Furthermore, a Beaver collective member as well as a third year undergraduate overheard a phone call made at around 13:45 yesterday, to what seemed to be a journalist or media contact. One of them stated that, “It was definitely with some member of the media..he specifically asked for the photo to be taken down or cropped because it contained his picture thumbnail” whilst the other added that, “the conversation seemed to be on informal, familiar terms”. Incredibly, this conversation took place in the LSESU Media Centre! The student has since denied any involvement, although the nature of the conversation sheds doubt on this. Responding to a request for comment, the student stated “…it’s factually incorrect and libellous to state that I did [send information to the press]”. The Metro article has since been edited to crop out the thumbnail.
A statement from the Student Union has confirmed that no formal complaint has been made regarding the society event, at the time of publication.