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Well, this is the $10 million question. The Press Code, the Editors' Code itself has very clear, powerful wording saying that it is important the press should distinguish between fact, conjecture and opinion. I think it's fair to observe that that's not always readily recognisable in the content of what is published day in, day out in our press, but I personally cannot see any means by which you would seek to regulate, legislate; I think that would be very dangerous.

I think it is a principle which is stated in the code, and the more the press abides by its own code the better, but I would be very wary indeed, as a sort of liberal who believes passionately in the freedom of the press, I'd be very wary indeed of going down a slippery slope trying to somehow intrude from outside in trying to distinguish between fact, opinion and comment. They blur constantly and I don't think you could legislate to unravel them.

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