Journalists should be free to write what is most relevant to their readers. They need to be careful: more regulation could limit their ability to define what's newsworthy.
After three weeks of ferocious intensity we're finally getting room to breathe. The phone-hacking scandal is so much weightier than the expenses scandal because it reveals the flawed relationships between three supposed guardians of the country. None of the press, the police or the politicians have much to be proud of.
As we pause to ask 'what next', journalists and police officers face an uncomfortable truth. It's one which senior police figures have been aware of, from direct experience, for a long time: of those three guardians, it's the politicians who actually have the power to do anything about it.
The police are, as Sir Hugh Orde said this morning, extremely resilient. They've been through all this before.
It's different for the press. The media has wielded a power of its own which, unchecked for so manyRead More »from An urgent threat to the freedom to be biased