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

It's interesting when you talk to people about freedom of the press. They actually have more than one thing in mind. When some people talk about freedom of the press, they actually have in their mind the fear that the government would actually regulate the content of what the press would publish. Wholly unacceptable. Other people take a lesser view of what the freedom of the press might mean.

I think the press should be free to comment in any way it wishes on whatever it wishes at any time it wishes, but I do think there must then be in place a credible mechanism to hold them responsible for what they have printed to ensure that irresponsibility and unfairness does not then creep into the reporting with a belief that they are immune from responsibility for what they say and do.

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