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

Because the other fundamental point is that press freedom, like freedom of expression, is not absolute. It's qualified and it's relative and you have to balance with the rights of others and other rights. But the way I conceive of it is of, if you like, a social compact of rights and obligations. Journalists do have various forms of privilege and rights, both in law and more broadly, but they are conditional. They are there -- and historically you can see the development of those rights and privileges -- they are there because they serve a certain function in society. The implication, of course, individually or collectively, is that those rights, including the right to self-regulate, can be removed if they do not meet ethical standards or if they fail to serve that function.

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