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From Grenfell to blood transfusions, a free press can change lives—parliament must not stifle it

Proposed amendments on the Data Protection Bill would have the power to ratchet up pressure on editors—and make a poor example of the British press

By Rachael Jolley  

Vital reporting, including by smaller, regional papers, could be threatened.

When Michelle Tolley from Sparham, Norfolk, was infected with Hepatitis C following a blood transfusion while giving birth in 1987, she turned to her local newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, for help.

The EDP and other regional papers ran a campaign that uncovered the use of blood-clotting products by the NHS that were made from plasma donated through high-risk sources, such as paid donors in the United States.

The blood factor products had caused people to be infected with diseases…

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