Independent and Evening Standard proprietor Evgeny Lebedev condemned the trivialisation of the news agenda as he made a speech in support of press freedom at Oxford University last night.
The 30-year-old son of Alexander Lebedev, urged UK journalists to behave responsibly if they want to keep their freedoms. And talking about phone-hacking and the News of the World he said: "This theft of information by dark, murky methods is not journalism, of which I or my newspapers want any part of. The journalists involved behaved irresponsibly, rashly and recklessly, forsaking their duty of care."
He said: "Unfortunately, their dereliction of duty brings all the press into disrepute. It invites a crackdown of enforced draconian laws and threatens our much-valued press freedom.