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Phone hacking: Regulators beware—good journalism crosses boundaries too

There is no easy route out of the mess left by the phone hacking scandal, but it should start with the public interest

By George Brock  

Rebekah Brooks may be free, but the industry she represents is long past its prime. © Lefteris Pitarakis/AP/Press Association Images

The end of this week’s phone-hacking trial was marked by claims both that this was the start of a new and better journalism, and that it was a great day for red-top journalism. Neither claim will stand even brief scrutiny until the much-battered and elusive idea of public interest is placed back at the heart of journalism.

Pundits proclaim new beginnings in journalism on a regular basis. Journalism turns…

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