The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

You don't have to be flinging around names like Zimbabwe and Burma to say that if you are serious about freedom of expression, you really do want to minimise the involvement of the state or the government. I said, however, that I thought that the framework of laws in which the news media operate are extremely important and they could do with some revision. Most of that agenda is already known, although I would add to it a revised privacy law, but I think that the key is the improvement of the public interest defences in them. Because if you do that and you make access to a stronger public interest defence, the incentive for running a good newsroom and being able to declare what those things are and being transparent about it and adhering to standards which you give yourself or maybe even you agree with others, then you have a package of incentives that I think balance externally imposed requirements with internal incentives, but I think the key to that is stopping being nervous about defining as best we can, it's not easy, public interest.

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