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Sky News admits hacking emails – Telegraph

In News, Really?!? on April 5, 2012 at 17:12

This is actually insane.. hacking someone who they think might be guilty…and then trying to justify it..

Intercepting emails is an offence under the Computer Misuse Act, and there is no public interest defence written in law.

Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’ John Darwin – Telegraph

“We stand by these actions as editorially justified and in the public interest. We do not take such decisions lightly or frequently.”

In a statement, Mr Ryley said: “Sky News is committed to the highest editorial standards. Like other news organisations, we are acutely aware of the tensions that can arise between the law and responsible investigative journalism.

“On two occasions, we have authorised a journalist to access the email of individuals suspected of criminal activity. In the 2008 case of Anne Darwin, Sky News met with Cleveland Police and provided them with emails offering new information relevant to Mrs Darwin’s defence. Material provided by Sky News was used in the successful prosecution and the police made clear after the trial that this information was pivotal to the case.


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