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

A related issue, I think, is if we do see freedom of the press as important -- if we think, for example, that newspapers have a right to freedom of expression, it's not going to be grounded in the same way as individual rights to freedom of expression. So an individual right to freedom of expression, in my view, is justified by the individual's interest in being able to take part in the public sphere and newspaper's interests, insofar as they have them, or corporate entities like that, those don't have the same moral status; they have a derivative status.

So even if -- I'm open about this -- even if the press does have a very important right to freedom of expression, you have to remember that it's justified by what is does for individuals by constituting a public sphere in which all individuals can take part.

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