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

Obviously if information is being passed to the press in an unauthorised manner, that is not a desirable situation. The flipside of that is that I think the service should reflect on how open and transparent we are with issues that sometimes we might consider not to be in the public interest. So I think there is a place for us to think more openly about how we communicate with the public through the press and that's a matter which I think the service should and ought to be taking on and we are taking on as we speak through the guidance that's been developed.

For staff to feel that they need to do that in an unauthorised way is regrettable, and at times can be damaging, of course.

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