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Dom Joly: There's been a witch hunt against hoax DJs


The Australian radio hosts at the centre of the hoax call to the King Edward VII hospital - pretending to be members of the Royal Family asking after the Duchess of Cambridge - say they are "gutted and heartbroken" over the death of nurse Jacintha Saldanha.

Mrs Saldanha was found dead on Friday, three days after taking the hoax call.

Her death has led many to ask where people involved in such programmes should draw the line.

Dom Joly, comedian and columnist in The Independent, was host of Trigger Happy TV - a Channel 4 series which played tricks on members of the public using hidden cameras.

"I do have sympathy with the DJs in the extent that there's been this sort of witch hunt against them online as though they intentionally did this with the view that the consequences were going to happen.

"When I do stuff I've got a rough judgement of who I'm doing things with.

"I draw the line on what makes me laugh and what doesn't. There are legal parameters anyway. I tend to have a traffic light system. When I start talking to someone, if there's something that doesn't feel right I walk away. I think it only works when you've got someone who's on a sort of equal footing."

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