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

We ask for two referees, which are then -- who are contacted and the bona fides of the references checked. We've recently introduced CRB requirements. Obviously that wasn't available to us some years ago, but we've been a bit slower than the ABI in that regard, but it is now a requirement. Bankruptcy checks, CCJ checks and years ago there was very much an everybody knew everybody element to the industry. So our then secretary general was a practising private investigator and he knew someone who'd know somebody who'd know somebody, so there was an undercurrent of "I know that what I'm being told is true because I've investigated it". Our secretariat now is not from the industry, so we rely more on documentary evidence provided by applicants.

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