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

Throughout the 70s there were two issues. We had -- because the power of corporations and governments had grown extensively, there was a greater need for invigilation in the public interest of what was happening, and so I began the editorship of the Sunday Times by investigating the cover-up of the spy Philby, and I did various things like that, but in almost every instance we ran against external restraints. Official Secrets Act, libel, contempt of court, in confidence. And the law of confidence, which had grown out of a case where Prince Albert -- you know this law better than I do, I'm sure, but I discussed it quite a lot with the Lords of Appeal, I was on a committee, so we were fighting to get information in the public interest and restrained by the law, but there was no law to stop the prurient publication of invasions of privacy. So we were in an ambivalent situation.

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