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

Freedom of the press is a subsection of freedom of expression. As I say, freedom of expression is a broader concept. Without a vigorous press and without a vigorously free press, then free expression is severely damaged, because newspapers, broadcasters and others in the mainstream media remain -- even though their proportion perhaps is diminishing all the time, they remain still the most significant conduit of information and comment and news. That proportion is constantly now being diminished by the rise of unmediated bloggers, citizen journalism, using crowd sourcing and other methods as well, so -- but one can always exaggerate the extent to which people "don't read newspapers", because even if newspaper circulations inexorably seem to decline, the impact on broadcasters and others remains strong.

So it is a significant but not the only vehicle for information, and a conduit of freedom of expression for the public. But there are other areas of press practice, again I'm sure to be gone into, whether it's corporate bullying, poor corporate governance, et cetera, which can act as much as a curb on free expression as more broadly defined.

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