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

My overall feeling -- after about the first two weeks of the Inquiry, I thought, well, that might be it for the press. The level of distaste from the public for the whole business of journalism seemed to be ratcheting up. The celebrities got a very good coverage, as they would do, but got a very good chance to put their side of the case, and I was very worried that for X weeks there would be nothing to say except, you know: "Why don't you just close down the lot of them? They're all utterly revolting?" And I just wanted to put in a plea for journalism and for the concept of a free press, that it is important, it isn't always very pretty, and there are things that go wrong, but I really hope that this Inquiry doesn't throw out the baby with the bathwater.

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