Saturday 20 January 2018

Truth and honesty must be won back

The inquiry under Lord Justice Leveson into telephone hacking by British newspapers was always certain to serve up a banquet of celebrity and sensation. At yesterday's hearings, there was no shortage of either.

Today's Fleet Street papers will rehash many old stories, some of which have already made their way through the libel courts.

Some papers will occupy the dual role of recorder and penitent. These are not confined to the stable of Rupert Murdoch, whose 'News of the World' was the centre and genesis of the scandal. Another Murdoch runner, 'The Sun', looks like featuring strongly, but also in the frame so far are the 'Daily Mail', the 'Mail on Sunday', the 'Mirror' and the 'Daily Express'.

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