Former News Limited CEO John Hartigan liked to explain that the idea for the Australia’s Right To Know Coalition came to him like a biblical revelation. In 2007 he’d become increasingly depressed about what he felt were the growing restrictions on press reporting. "We shall rise up," thought Harto, "and together we shall smite the enemies of free speech."
Quicker than you could say "Moguls on a Mission", News put together a coalition of media groups including the ABC, Fairfax, AAP, the MEAA, SBS and Sky News. Their inaugural joint statement verged on the parsonical: