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

Well, I would like to think that they were not an everyday event, because if there was a briefing that was nonreportable, it would have a rationale. It would not be a conversation, it would not be an exchange of gossip, it would not be something about: can the police look good on this? It would be done for a purpose: to aid the investigation. You might take a view that you wanted to narrow the field in witness terms. There might be a line running in a particular portion of the media where the police are under constraints about what they can say in public, because, for example, a coroner might be waiting for evidence, but where one will try and put some balance in something that has been aired as a real theory but actually was not a credible enterprise in any way.

So I would hope that they were measured and there was a rationale around it when it occurred. To my recollection, this was not a frequent event -- set of events, and you could see that in relation to this very big inquiry, which is one of three that were running that year -- I don't have a recollection of doing this in relation to the other two inquiries.

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