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

It was on page 23 at the bottom of the page. You couldn't really find it unless you knew. And yet the Press Council ruling itself was very strong. They found that the Sun had devoted its front page to raking up a seven-year-old tragedy under a wholly misleading headline. They said it was an irresponsible and grievous intrusion into privacy and furthermore, they said:

"The newspaper has tried to defend its conduct by asserting that a person in public life has to take the slings and arrows of press publicity. Such an absolute proposition is unacceptable."

And I hold by that. I've always held by that. I think we've heard from many other witness that while you may be a person who lives your life to a certain extent in the public glare, you may have a job that's on television or you may be an international singing star or a movie star or a best-selling author, it doesn't mean that because you do that you sell the entire rest of your life to the newspapers. You don't give them utter licence to peek into your most private moment. That's why I believe that that Press Council ruling, even though it was only reported on page 23 at the time, is very important, saying that such an absolute proposition is unacceptable.

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