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'Phone hacking': Your views

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The Guardian says the News of the World's reporters paid private investigators to hack into phones, many of them owned by politicians and celebrities. You've been emailing us your comments on this story.

If the allegations are correct, not only should the News of the World be punished severely but Coulson should be fired by David Cameron. If true, then Coulson's claim made earlier that he had no knowledge of the techniques used by the News of World staff is disingenuous. It stains the image of the Tories and so suggests they are no more to be trusted than for integrity than the party they oppose.
Alstair Blunt, Accra, Ghana

This is not journalism but a very serious and terrible crime which deserves harsh punishment. People should stop buying gossip magazines immediately.
Sunny, Minneapolis, U.S.A.

I suspect this is just a case of journalists phoning the cell numbers and using the standard codes to listen to voice mail. If the user couldn't be bothered to change the standard code, then they should expect what they get!
David, Highworth, Wiltshire

Society at large seems to thrive on gossip. There is a feeling that just because someone is famous they are fair game. With the stress this must cause people like Amy Winehouse, who obviously has other issues, I find this cruel and selfish. Is this acceptable in civilised society? And on what flimsy justifications?
Ahmed, Manchester, UK

So who are these thousands of celebrities? Of the six faces at the top of the report page, I recognise John Prescott and Boris Johnson - but who are the rest? What makes them so interesting that anyone would want to listen in to their messages? Have journalists not got anything better to do?
Rupert Seal, Southampton, UK

It would seem that we have a two-speed criminal justice system. Certain individuals and organizations (i.e. bankers, newspaper tycoons and politicians) are above the laws that the rest of us must observe. This is only the latest of a long string of similar scandals. How about becoming a little old-fashioned and all being prosecuted for breaking the law irrespective of political clout?
Alfred, Ryde, Isle of Wight

Although I am not happy about this, surely the Labour party is pushing for a state where all our communications are recorded anyway? What difference will it make apart from the fact that civil servants will have their hands on our private data and not journalists?
Carl, London, UK

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