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

Your statement is taken as read and so I shall ask you only here and there to expand. Can I do so first at paragraph 8 of your witness statement, where you talk about the essential part that a free press plays in a democratic state. Perhaps we can explore that a little bit.

First of all, would you agree that a fundamental role for a free press is to hold power to account?

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