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

That is a fair analysis, but there's a "but", I'm afraid, as well. It's a fair analysis but I don't think we can draw these lines very sharply, so I think there will be private businesses that don't have as overtly a public role as the press where we might also think they play a sort of public role. You might think large supermarkets are like this, just because they make a very big difference to the kind of public sphere we occupy, and I don't think they need to be subject to exactly the same public requirements as the government.

I think's more of a sort of continuum, I would want to suggest, than a sharp line where you say, "These are public bodies and these aren't", and the press falls sort of near that line and it is a public body but -- yeah.

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