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

I do not have any very fully worked-up ideas. I can only say that I feel the PCC is toothless, that it offers very little in the way of sanctions to newspapers, that it's a wrist-slapping exercise at best. That we need -- and I should say I'm vehemently opposed to state control of the media, of course, as I think everyone who is going to sit in this chair is, but I do feel that we need a body that has teeth, that can impose sanctions. I agree with several of the people who have spoken to the Inquiry before me when they say that prior notification would prevent a significant amount of damage, particularly where defamatory articles are concerned.

Apart from that, I can't pretend I have a magical answer. No Harry Potter joke intended. That slipped out.

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