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

That is the quandary that the terms of reference have created for you, that the moment evidence was permitted challenging the propriety of the conduct of individuals, individual editors, individual newspapers, there arose a problem which was not simply that of unfairness, in that the allegations were published under the protection of absolute privilege, but has prevented them from, by reason of the inquisitorial nature of the press, being able to refute them in the way in which they would have been able if this had been an adversarial process.

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