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

There is -- there is a freedom of the press issue underlying all these decisions. The preamble to the code of practice states very explicitly that newspapers are entitled to publish what they consider to be news and to comment on it.

At the same time principle 5 of the code of practice effectively replicates the relevant principle of the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to privacy, and many of my decisions would be -- and of the Council's on appeal, would be an exercise of the balancing function between the right to freedom of expression and the right to privacy.

So the right of the newspaper to publish what it considers to be news is always a factor in my decisions.

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