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

Yes. There will always be -- there is no such thing as the perfect system. There is no such thing as perfect regulation, which does not mean that we, and you, sir, should not be straining every sinew to find it. I don't want to put myself in the position of saying, "Oh yes, there will always be victims and that's a price to pay." No, because for every individual who is wrongfully traduced, whose life is made a misery, that is an individual tragedy. But if we get regulation stronger, details to be discussed, if the already-existing strong and copious laws were better enforced, which in many cases they are not now, and if -- an area I'd like to focus a bit upon at some point -- we can improve on editorial lines of accountability, responsibility and corporate governance, then I think you have the building blocks in place.

That will never prevent wrongful things happening -- that is both the nature of journalism, as the first draft, and it's also the nature of human error, and in some cases bad behaviour -- but you will have a system that does not chill free speech, but at the same time does make a requirement of looking always at your own standards and your own behaviour as you go along.

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