The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

Well, it is a commonly voiced opinion that you cannot in any way regulate or improve or legislate or -- for the worst practices of the worst of journalists in this country without damaging free speech, without muzzling proper journalism, and the metaphor that's endlessly bandied about is: be careful of throwing the baby out with the bath water. I've always said that I don't think it is that difficult to tell the difference between what is bath water and what is a baby. To most people, it's bloody obvious, and that I have always thought that you just simply take the baby -- which in this case is excellent journalism; we're lucky to have some of the best in the world in this country -- out of the bath and let the bath water run out.

Everyone says it's a very difficult distinction to make, what's good journalism and what's not, and although I don't say it's black and white, there's a grey area, I think it's a lot less grey than people make it out to be.

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