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

Well, this is at the heart of the work of this Inquiry, I suppose. There is clearly no absolute right of privacy and there's no absolute right of freedom of expression, and I think that what you're always doing is addressing what is a sliding scale. The question you have to ask yourself is, when you authorise a level of intrusion or when a story is going to have a certain impact as a consequence of the exposure of the person or the institution involved: what is the merit of that story? What is the nature and the importance of the public interest? And it is a judgment, and it is a judgment that editors make.

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