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Rajan Datar | 10:06 UK time, Friday, 5 August 2011

This week on Over to You we ask if it ever acceptable for journalists to break the law in the name of a story

Inspired by both your emails and the recent revelations surrounding the News of the World phone hacking scandal in the UK, I speak to two journalists and discuss crossing legal boundaries.

I'm joined in the studio for a spirited discussion, by Jon Williams, BBC World News Editor and Sakima Datoo, former Managing Editor of the Tanzanian Guardain.

Sakima has done extensive investigative work, but puts forth a staunch critique of the BBC entering country's illegally, questioning if there ever be can a truly objective public interest.

Whereas, Jon makes a strong case for the BBC's entrance to countries such as Syria in order to get a true, unbiased picture of events unfolding there.

World Service cuts

There's also time for your emails, with Margaret More O'Farrel writing in to offer further reaction to World Service cuts and its future direction.

Gordon Carney shares some fond memories of listening to the World Service in his youth.

As always please keep writing and sending in your thoughts on the World Service.

Rajan Datar is the presenter of Over To You.

Over To You is your chance to have your say about the BBC World Service and its programmes.

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