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Herald's exposé of phoney colleges shows the value of good reporting

AFTER the horrors of the phone hacking scandal and the examples of shockingly bad journalism revealed in the Leveson Inquiry, it is excellent to see that good journalism is alive, well and operating in The Herald.

I refer to Andrew Denholm's report and his role in unveiling the scam operated by Sajad Khan and Yousaf Amin who offered immigrants phoney English courses as a way of getting British citizenship ("Prison for pair who preyed on vulnerable immigrants", The Herald, December 3).

The original report was one of a series by Andrew Denholm and The Herald on phoney colleges which were taking people's money for supposed qualifications that were actually utterly worthless bits of paper. These reports forced the authorities to look into the way it was all too easy for anyone to set themselves up to offer such courses and call themselves a college.

Well done to everyone concerned and, when bad journalism is rightly coming in for serious criticism, it is good to be reminded of the real value of good reporting.

Moreover, this kind of reporting would not have been restricted in any way by the changes that Lord Leveson proposes and that is why I have signed the petition in support of his recommendations.

Judith Gillespie,

40 Findhorn Place,


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