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

No, I think if it's a case of, let's say, whistle-blowing, where you want to bring something to attention but you don't want your name on it, that, for me, is a different issue. Where you need to flag: there's a problem here for the public, nobody is doing anything about it, I want to draw it to your attention, there are many ways you can do that, including speaking to the media.

So on that bit of it, I have no objection. Where we did the public survey work for the "Without fear or favour" report, they raised the issue, in my view quite properly, around transparency. Now, I think you need both ends. You can have these on and off-the-record conversations as long as, for the public, there is a degree of transparencies which -- like Elizabeth Filkin, one of the recommendations in this piece of work is there should be a record of what the contact was, what was discussed, and it's logged so there can be some governance arrangements put around it to safeguard the public.

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