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

I am all for the free flow of information. I think it's really important in a democratic society that that happens. I'm concerned that Gwent police have announced that their officers can't talk to the media unless they are given prior permission from their press office. I'm concerned that we find it difficult to get information and weekends and even during the week I'm concerned that there are occasions when the press officers can be difficult and it seems like they're withholding information from us. I would much prefer that we could move forward trusting each other, that my reporters could build and develop relationships with police officers on a professional basis, so there is no fear of favour granted on either side but that the information is free flowing, and I would much prefer if police were encouraged to give as much information as they possibly could.

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