I’ve just watched the BBC News at 10 report on the allegations that the News of the World hacked (amongst others) Milly Dowler’s phone and the phones of the families of soldiers.
There was some coverage of the possibility that police were paid for information – something presumably done to speed up access to information so the paper could print before its competitors.
Yesterday, the Sun and the Mirror were both in court over accusations that they were in contempt of court by publishing information about the murder of Jo Yeates, specifically the way they reported the arrest of Christopher Jefferies.
I’d like to say all this will lead to a complete revolution in the way reporting is done, with a renewed emphasis on privacy and the presumption of innocence. I certainly think that’s what we need, but I can’t help but feel a little pessimistic.