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

Well, the wording we see -- and I've read it out once already -- is:

"Do you know of a story, a scandal ..."

I suppose a "scandal" could just about cover a public interest situation:

"... something that made you interested?"

That wouldn't necessarily:

"Chances are that a newspaper will pay. Do you know where a prominent person is living or what they get up to? Is a celebrity having an affair?"

So most of this is nothing to do with the public interest.

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