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If the purpose in the mind of the journalist is to hold the police to account and questions are therefore asked by the journalist, for which, by definition, I suppose, it would be appropriate for the police to answer, if they are to be held to account, why is there anything inherently undesirable in the answer coming back from the police officer: "X, Y and Z, but it's off the record; in other words, you can't quote me, but you can report what I've said"? Is that objectionable in itself?

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