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

Let me think. I think in terms of principle, I think the three things I mentioned towards the start of the written submission seem to me the -- well, helpful guiding principles, even though I don't think they draw us a very definite line.

So one is in idea is that a liberal public sphere, one in which every member -- everyone in the community can take a part is just a very good thing in itself. It's useful partly for the results it creates but it's also a good in itself that we all have the status of being able to take part in the liberal public sphere and it seems the press plays a role in that. People who are insufficiently articulate or insufficiently confident to take place in the public speech, the press can give them a voice. But there are also some very well-known instrumental benefits of the press. So it's a very important check on political power and other forms of power. It's an importance also of education and an important means of enabling democratic decision-making.

I suppose I think these principles give us some -- they point towards some policies. They point towards having a diverse press and they also point towards, I think, not having too much of a limit on press freedom.

I'm wary of saying more, I have to say. Can I say more about why I'm being tentative? I'd quite like to.

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