A RECENT Express editorial and Darryn Boodan’s column of June 7 map an important area of discussion for us. They ask us to consider the impact on journalism of all forms in the light of the seizure of Devant Maharaj’s phone in pursuit of information re the recent bomb threat at schools.

The importance does not arise merely on the issue of the action taken but we need to consider how to treat with the new frontiers of journalism and what this portends for confidence in the media. Lowering the costs of creating, transmitting and distributing information through technology has important democratising effects.

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