The archbishop of Canterbury has said ‘there is nothing more important’ than a free press holding people to account.
Justin Welby said journalists are ‘indispensable’ as he spoke to students at Canterbury Christ Church University.
‘In most of the countries where Anglicans live… there is no freedom of the press, or the press is corrupted in one way or another. In many places people will be tortured, threatened, bribed – all of the above,’ he said in an interview with journalism students.
‘For all the irritations of the press, and I can get as cross with reading a paper as anyone, what they do is hold people to account and make sure we have a free society – there is nothing more important.’