Blair faces Murdoch ultimatum

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Tony Blair may be forced to reveal information about his contacts with the media magnate Rupert Murdoch.

The Independent disclosed in May that Downing Street was trying to block attempts to make it reveal details of the Prime Minister's meetings and telephone conversations with Mr Murdoch. Richard Thomas, the Information Commissioner, ruled yesterday that the dates of some discussions should be published.

He admitted that disclosure might have some impact on Mr Blair's ability to have free and frank discussions but said there was a public interest in understanding the way in which government operates.