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

I would be very, very loath to take any policeman's view of a court case and run it in a paper because you've lost your privilege. But I think the other issue is trying to get back to the old days of trust. If you meet people on a regular basis face to face talking about it, the next time either one of you does something that breaks that trust, that's what used to be the good old-fashioned journalism which I worry we're now seeing as almost like a crime itself and I think we need to be slightly careful about that. Because what we would like, and as I said at the start, I take on reporters who will not stop at a press office. That to me is no good. I want to speak to the people who are actually doing the things, making the decisions, and despite what it might come over in terms of dealing with the Met police, for example, I'm afraid we are in a democratic deficit with the amount of information that is being kept in all these organisations. In my view.

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