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

One is simply the same qualifier about tentativeness, the same thought that I don't think you can take the philosophical principles and crank a handle and get out a policy proposal from it. I think a lot depends on the particular symbolic importance of thinking we live in a free society and I think we have to bear that in mind.

The second qualifier is that you might think some of these requirements are things we do place on publicly funded bodies but the press aren't publicly funded, they're privately funded, and I won't want to suggest nationalisation of the press. So I think there's an interesting tension there, actually, between their status as private and as public and that has to be borne in mind when looking at these proposals.

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