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

I have to be rather careful because I happened to be present while these terms of reference were written, so I know how they developed, and I'm very keen merely to construe them as they now exist, but I would like to go back to my question. I recognise the point you make. It's there because of the concern that too much attention was paid to very powerful press interests. That's the concern and that's what we're looking at, and one would have to consider a system which allowed the state to find a way of moderating that influence so that it didn't run counter to the public interest. I understand that. But my question was whether you say that goes further and requires me to say: "I don't think any press interests should be allowed to own more than 10, 15, 20, 25 per cent", however you want to define it. Because that, it seems to me, is the thrust of what you're saying here.

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