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

You tell us at paragraph 17 about the mutual interest that there can be when the police and the media work together, and you give, as an example of that, the common interest in reporting matters accurately. But there will, of course, be occasions when there is a conflict of interest, for example, if you want to run a negative story about the Metropolitan Police, and later in your statement you tell us of just such a story which you ran about the failure to apprehend the night-stalker earlier than in fact happened. When you are researching and working on a negative story about the Metropolitan Police, have you found that they've remained co-operative or do they seek to clam up and dissuade you from investigating?

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