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

Yes, I think it's true and maybe that's because it doesn't tell us much. I had a worry about it, which was the fact that freedom of expression is in the public interest -- and it clearly is -- it doesn't follow that every instance of expression is in the public interest, as I'm sure you're all aware.

I should be clear -- there clearly are cases where expression should be limited, cases such as incitement to violence or slander or bad advertising, misleading advertising might be another, and so I thought it perhaps didn't really add very much to say there's a public interest in freedom of expression in itself and would be misleading if it was taken to suggest that that sort of licences every expression.

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