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

Oh, I have plenty of ambition, Mr Hughes. The trouble is how I'm going to satisfy it, because the difference between lawyers or opticians or doctors and journalists is that the state is entitled to say, "You can't practice as a lawyer, you can't practice as a doctor", whereas a journalist is exercising a right of free speech -- I'm not telling you anything you're not very well aware of -- and therefore it would be anathema to say, "You can't do that."

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