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

One of the problems of that is that when I started at the bar there was a reporter in my local court who would then accurately tell the story of what happened in court so that those who read the account in the local newspaper could see the facts. What tends to happen now is there isn't a reporter in a local newspaper and a police officer will give his version of the facts, which may be rather higher than actually the jury ultimately convicted of, so they tell an assault case as deliberate, intentional knifing, whereas he wasn't convicted of wounding with intent but of a much lesser offence of violence. So the facts are reported at the higher level and the sentence is then reported at the lower level and everybody says, "What's going on here? This is ridiculous". That's because of lack of accuracy.

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