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

Thank you. Issues of redress on the next page, this is page 13, 00321, are broadly self-explanatory. But the issue of intervention before publication may be trickier, particularly in the light of the evidence we heard from Sir Charles Gray.

Can I ask you to consider this. Might there have been a role for the ombudsman to act in an advisory way in the context of intervention or pre-publication issues? In other words, if a newspaper were concerned as to whether or not to give notification to the target of an article before it's published, or that is going to be published, the newspaper can obtain advice from the ombudsman as to whether or not notification may be avoided for good public interest reasons. Do you see that as being the sort of role that the Press Ombudsman might be able to fulfil?

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