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Press: Chequebook journalism lives on

by Andrew Brown

QUITE the funniest thing on the Today programme last week was a Sunday Times executive trying to justify his paper’s purchase of information from the Police National Computer through a bent private detective.

The Sunday Times is not the worst offender — we will come to that in a second — but it was the only paper foolish and self-righteous enough to try to defend itself against the wrath of the Information Commissioner, Richard Thomas. He had grown ...

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