By Mick Krever, CNN
The United Kingdom needs its own version of the First Amendment protecting press freedom, former editor of The Times and The Sunday Times Harold Evans told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday.
Evans spoke with Amanpour as one of the great journalistic trials of our time got underway in London: that of two former newspaper editors from the Rupert Murdoch empire, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson.
They face charges that include conspiring to hack mobile phones at the now-defunct tabloid newspaper The News of the World.
Among the victims of phone hacking by newspapers was Milly Dowler, a schoolgirl who was later found murdered.
The scandal sparked the creation of the Leveson Inquiry, which after hearing from 180 witnesses recommended a number of reforms to the British press. Ministers and journalists are still at odds over underpinning regulation with legislation.
“I’ve always thought the First Amendment was…
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