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

Basis of ombudsman decision. Very often the role of the ombudsman, particularly in the public sector, is to determine whether there's been maladministration, which is quite a broad concept. It doesn't just involve that which is contrary to the civil law. You make the point here that we have got to be careful to define what the media ombudsman might be doing. Presumably that entity would not be deciding the broad question of whether or not the newspapers acted fairly, but the more specific question of whether the newspaper has acted unethically, in breach of the code, or has invaded the private rights of the complainant; is that right?

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