Peeping Tom behaviour can never be justified by anyone

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If a man in the street took a picture of an unsuspecting woman accidentally flashing her pants, and then took that photo and posted it on the internet, you’d quite rightly expect him to be in trouble with the law.

The scenario outlined above would clearly come under the territory of a peeping Tom.

So why is it all right for a national newspaper to catch a TV presenter in the same sort of compromised position – and then happily publish it on its website?

I was appalled to see the Daily Mail carrying a photo recently of Alexa Chung revealing rather more of her pants than she would have wished.

It’s exactly this sort of trashy behaviour that makes people get the wrong ideas about newspapers in general.