Freedom of speech is the life-blood of democracy. It is also the best defence the people have against those in positions of power abusing that power. No surprise then that the establishment is always looking for new ways to stop wrong-doing from being exposed
The self-obsession of the mainstream media has been revealed yet again by the Coulson and Brooks affair. By far the biggest lesson is that Hackgate was both symptom and cause of the end of the old media
If phone hacking led to a circus like Leveson, then the BBC revelations should lead to root and branch examination of the BBC, its principles, practices and whether or not (we suggest the latter) it has any journalistic integrity or moral legitimacy left.