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I think the principle of reporters talking to other members of the human race on an on the record or off the record basis should not be up for debate. That's what we're about. I think it's as much for public bodies to decide how their employees and representatives interact with us. We are supposed to be out there digging things up that people didn't know about, things that perhaps people don't want us to know about, and it's part of our function to talk to people, be they police officers or any other members of establishment bodies. For us to limit who we can and can't talk to I think would be counter to everything that we're about.

But if police forces or health boards want to ban their employees from talking to us, that's a different matter. But for us to instruct our people not to talk to people, that would be very strange.

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