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

Yes. You -- I'm sure you can imagine how chaotic, to some extent, that all was. It unfolded very, very quickly. My understanding of it was, from the previous editor, who was approached for this advice, that some national crime reporters had approached the police and asked for preferential treatment. They'd wanted information first, before it was given to local media. This led to the police contacting -- the police communications department contacting the editor and telling him what request had been made, did he have a problem with this, did he want to be part of -- so they were asking for off-the-record briefings, my understanding is. And his advice was: "Absolutely not. You shouldn't be favouring one section of the media above another in any incident, never mind this one, and no." But that decision had already been made by the police, so he kind of endorsed, I suppose, or reinforced that decision, so that information was made available to everyone at the same time as and when it became right to make that information available.

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