Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
Based in Washington DC, the WPFC offered the opinion that the British constitutional example of free speech could not be overstated internationally. It represented 45 journalistic organisations on five continents, including the London-based Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust and partners such as the Committee of Press Freedom Organisation and Committee to Protect Journalists. Offered the view that to be credible an independent self-regulatory body should include members of the public and journalistic representatives who understood the press.