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Yeah. This was just from my own reading of the code. It looked as if there were only two degrees of normativity in the code. Either you had a star and exceptions could be made on public interest grounds for exceptional cases where you can violate the code's requirements or it didn't have a star and no exceptions could be made.

I thought if you ignore all the detail and just think: is it helpful to have a code with those two degrees of normativity -- it probably is quite helpful to have something simply like that, not to have too much complexity. I suggested in my written statement that a characterisation of the values that should underpin journalism might be helpful too, but I don't think we should go to the point of saying: here's best practice in journalism, here's the best kind of journalism, we should insist on that all the time. I think that would go against the reasons for having a liberal public sphere that I mentioned at the start which underpins the importance of a free press.

But I think having just made it two degrees of normativity and a list of values seemed to me that that might get the right sort of helpful -- helpful distinctions.

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