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

Thank you. May we look at the ingredients of it now. At section 3, first of all, at page 00706, where you deal with the issues of independence, appointment and functions:

"The key principles of the new body must be wholly independent of Government and politicians."

You say at the end of paragraph 8:

"Freedom of expression is best protected not by media self-regulation, which leaves out of account the interests of the public, but by independent regulation underpinned by statute."

Isn't it possible, though, to devise a system of self-regulation which is independent, and therefore does take into account the interests of the public?

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