Throughout 2011, the phone hacking scandal has rocked the UK?s public landscape, drawing comparisons with Watergate in terms of its effect on our national psyche and its long-term significance. The saga has kicked off again this Autumn with the Leveson Inquiry, but listening to testimony of News Corporation staff throughout the year one would be forgiven for asking, 'what's the point of a public inquiry if its participants refuse to answer questions, purportedly to avoid prejudicing ongoing criminal investigations?'.

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