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

I've never been in favour of mudslinging. There was no agreement with Mr Desmond, but I did receive at that lunch a series of demands from Mr Desmond to stop the articles that were appearing in his publications. I said I'd take those demands back to the editor but Mr Desmond must have known that those demands would have been thrown out and completely ignored, because before I even got back to the office, a statement had been issued to other newspapers that an agreement was in existence. There was no such agreement and taking back the demands, they were laughed out of court.

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