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May I put this contrary argument to you Professor Curran. Some might say that this is really an unwarranted interference with the operation of a free market, that if a proprietor has successfully built up his organisation close from scratch -- take the example of Mr Murdoch, for example. That's what he's done. He's been enormously successful. You are now telling him that he can't appoint the editor he chooses. Okay, he has certain obligations in relation to the Times and the Sunday Times, but otherwise he should be allowed to do what which he wishes, certainly in the areas which you are defining here.

The general law will constrain him and regulation may constrain him, but you're arguably creating serious intrusions into his freedoms.

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