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

Yes. I have no hesitation in saying I'm not enthusiastic about what your Lordship has just put to me. The reason I think is really a very simple one. There cannot be any -- this is my sort of humble experience. There can never be any justification for compelling, even in the very skillful and indirect way that I think your Lordship is putting to me -- there can never be any justification for interfering before publication in any way at all with the freedom of the press and the right of the newspaper to run the risk of having a massive award of damages against it.

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