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

It may be the law. The problem is in one sense you're right -- that's not a problem. In one sense you are right: there are critical laws, there are civil remedies. But in the world that we occupy, the police and all the authorities that are responsible for maintaining our regulatory regime, Information Commissioners and everything, are inundated with work and there is an argument that there are rather more egregious breaches of the law that require to be investigated before one gets to the press, and that shouldn't necessarily permit a free run for those that want to table stories unethically, inappropriately, illegally. That's the concern that I have about simply saying, "Well, there's a policeman there and they can prosecute", because there isn't a policeman on every street corner.

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