Opinion: Letter - Trips abroad shouldn't compromise integrity

'Freebies and the moral maze' (17 February) raised interesting questions, but in 30 years of organising foreign press trips for clients, I've never felt that I put my guests in a situation where editorial integrity might be compromised.

Taking a journalist to a Greek restaurant in London to talk about a client is no different to taking him to a taverna in Kefalonia to actually see the product. I simply ensure that all arrangements run smoothly, that journalists' interests are taken into account and that there's plenty of time to relax and talk to the clients who pay my fees.

I'm philosophical enough to accept that if there's a negative point in the resulting feature then it is probably justified or down to editorial balance.

Doug Goodman, managing director, Doug Goodman PR.

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