I am not against the idea of making the media's rights and privileges under law contingent on effective self-regulation. This is a reasonable approach to the very difficult problem of allowing the news media vital freedom and autonomy under the law, yet also holding it to account for breaches of accepted standards.

There is no perfect solution to this difficult balancing act, but the thrust of the proposed approach, which has been suggested by various independent inquiries over the years, would not necessarily be an attack on freedom of speech, but rather would enhance accountability and the public's right to information.