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Freedom of expression isn’t above the law

Phone hacking is just not naughty or unethical, it is criminal. We should trust the courts to act accordingly.

By Tomas Hirst  

The news that journalists are going to face criminal charges over phone hacking is already sending ripples of discomfort through the press. In the understandable effort to preserve press freedom, however, journalists must be wary of appeasing the inexcusable.

Even before the Crown Prosecution Service announced that eight people, including former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will face charges relating to…

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