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

As the written evidence indicates, this would be fairly novel territory for ombudsmen, but in theory perfectly possible. Clearly it's a matter of judgment for the Inquiry as to whether it's desirable or not for there to be some facility for newspapers to get this sort of advice. But it seemed to the Association perfectly possible for the ombudsman to be a source of such advice. But of course it would be advice, and no more than that, and it would be something to be taken into account later, either by the ombudsman or by the court or indeed by the regulator, in deciding some subsequent complaint.

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