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

If we move on now to the Internet. Those who publish on the Internet are subject to the general law and to the law of tort. May there not be a difference between what journalists do in your paper and more generally and what happens on the Internet? The Internet is merely an expression of an opinion by a blogger or whoever. It carries no more or no less weight than that. But that which appears in your paper -- and we'd like to think everybody else's paper -- carries with it a specific imprimatur, that an editor has approved it, it has been carefully sourced, et cetera, et cetera, and therefore that we see in the press is, by definition or as a matter of practice, much more weighty than that we read on the Internet and it's because of that that it requires a measure of regulation. Do you accept that?

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