Friday 31 March 2017

With press freedom comes responsibility

IF you really want to look for an honest journalist, you might do worse than Paul McMullan, the former deputy features editor of the 'News of the World'.

An unlikely candidate, one must admit. Mr McMullan admits he himself was involved in unsavoury, even illegal, activities on behalf of the newspaper. The point is that, whatever his motives, he admits it.

He also tries to draw distinctions between newspaper activities which are unpleasant but defensible, and those which are not. It is a difficult and unpopular thing to do after the latest shocking revelations, but this is the moment when it is most important to try to get it right.

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