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

I think it's a necessary power. I think it's a power that the press continues to hold and I think it's a power that should be there in society, whether it's held by the newspapers that we're familiar with or some other source that's coming into being, which may be certain NGOs or individual campaigners.

As I talk about in the submission, if you compare what happened to Heather Brooke, who, as an individual campaigner, spent several years trying to reveal the details of MPs' expense claims and was consistently pushed back and the law was used against her and she was taken to court and she took MPs to court, took Parliament to court and fought a very long, very painful battle, very much unsupported by the institutional press who largely didn't think it was a story worth pursuing -- compare what happened to Heather Brooke and what happened finally when the Telegraph decided that when this disk, this unredacted disk which was being prepared ultimately as a result of Heather Brooke's campaign -- when that disk came illegally into the Telegraph's hands, they decided it was one of the biggest stories of the century and they would publish over several weeks, as we all know, with enormous consequences.

I'm not convinced that the power at this date in law of the lone campaigner was equivalent to the power of a very large newspaper group like the Telegraph to bring something of that importance, of that public interest into public debate. I'm not suggesting for that reason that we should celebrate or fail to question the power held by those big beasts of the media. I'd like the same power to be enjoyed by other players, other actors, other speakers, other publishers, providing they follow --

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