Press Gazette


16 October 15 : 09.41

'They call it a crime, we call it democracy' - lawyers condemn 'unmitigated disaster' of journalist trials

“They call it a crime, we call it a democracy.” This was the verdict of one defence lawyer after the Operation Elveden prosecution of journalists over payments for stories concluded yesterday with the acquittal of Sun staffers Jamie Pyatt and Chris Pharo. 15 October 15 : 12.00

News publishers this morning backed a fightback against “Leveson’s toxic legacy” and legislation that will next month give the UK “probably the harshest press regime anywhere in the free world”. 15 October 15 : 14.03

Sun colleagues and fellow journalists are celebrating the acquittals of Chris Pharo and Jamie Pyatt this afternoon.

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