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

I think that the only way you can prepare people for an assault course is to give them practice at different stages of difficulty and take them up the learning and fitness curve, and that's why so much of the work that we do with our students is practical, and where they encounter the issues and deal with them.

But tomorrow morning I will be taking a group of about 90 postgraduate students through one of those quiz pad type interrogations where you look for the -- you know, where the points of moral agreement and moral disagreement are in a room, and then you talk it through. What I think you discover when you get stuck into any issue of journalistic ethics is that there are very few straightforward and simple black and white answers because journalism is one of those activities which makes large claims about its importance to democracy and public and civic life; correctly in my view, but therefore is obliged to be seriously and carefully reflective in response. But it doesn't mean to say that journalists will always obey the rules, and whatever rules anybody sets for journalism, there will be occasions when the best journalists will break them.

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