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

No, it's both. There are moments here which are intrusions into privacy. I think that if you have paid off someone at the Portland Hospital to tell you about a celebrity's baby, that's an invasion of privacy, for instance. But there's also ugly spin being put on a lot of this stuff because it sells papers better, and in the opinion of some people, the particularly ugly spin in the last few weeks given to the birth of my baby was not unrelated to the fact that I'm here today giving evidence at this Inquiry, and it's referenced in some of those hatchet jobs, including by Amanda Platell. She gives my concern about abuses of tabloid press as a particular reason why I should be loathed. So it is possible for some people to see a connection between those hatchet jobs and what I'm saying here and have said for the last few months.

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