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I think there needs to -- something we were talking about earlier, to do with whistle blowing, and I believe this is something the PCC has mentioned this morning. It should be easier for journalists who are concerned about what they're being asked to do to find an avenue. There is no avenue at all. And when a group of journalists at the Express Newspapers a few years ago tried to raise a broad issue -- again this was about the coverage of Travellers and the fact that they were being -- they felt that they were being coerced into writing stories which they felt were inappropriate, the response from the Press Complaints Commission at that time was to say that -- I paraphrase this, but that the role of the Press Complaints Commission is not to stand between an employer and the employees, which basically left journalists completely out on a limb. They had no possibility for finding a way of channelling their own concerns.

So I think there needs to be a way in which journalists who are working on a newspaper, and they're not going to do it very often because it puts their own position at risk, but they need to have a place where they can safely go and say, "Things are not right".

And then I would agree that there needs to be some mechanism for looking at broader areas of concerns, rather than simply specific complaints.

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