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

I'm a journalist. You know, journalists live or die by their contacts. I was a very senior journalist. I had good relationships with people that enabled us both to benefit out of it. And, yes, I nurtured those contacts because that's what journalists do.

Incidentally, there is just one point -- you know, there seems to be almost a presumption that it's somehow wrong, the idea that people like senior journalists should not have access to senior opinion-formers. Well, you know, I don't think I agree with that. I think that there's a -- you could take the view that there's a -- that it's actually quite important to a free press that people can -- you know, a senior journalist can sit down and have off-the-record conversations with a whole variety of people, whether they be judges, whether they be police officers, whether they be politicians. I have done all of those things. All of those three things I've just said, I have done, and I think that's a pretty healthy way to look at the idea of a democracy and a free press, frankly.

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