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

There has been a great deal of discussion about how this Inquiry could respond to the task that it's been given, and I think it's been very clear from Lord Justice Leveson and from everyone involved that we don't want a country in which the government, the state, regulates the press, that we don't want to be in a position where the prime minister decides what goes in newspapers and what doesn't, and everyone agrees with that.

Then there's a second order of conversation which is: what happens if you introduced an independent regulator but it had some kind of statutory backstop, that there was something in law and that the state had the capacity to oversee that independent regulator? And actually, the more I thought about that, the more deeply opposed I was to that, because either that backstop would have been meaningless, ineffectual, or what you have is actual state regulation.

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