Freedom to own the press

Recent letters to The Australian have labelled the proposed media ownership regulations “Communist” and “totalitarian”, trivialising the serious oppression of free speech which occurs under such regimes. Freedom of the press is completely different from freedom to own the press. In fact, the two are often in conflict.

Interference in the work of journalists is the real threat to press freedom, whether it comes from government, commercial interests or politically motivated owners. Media owners who do not intend to muzzle their journalists have nothing to fear. That increases freedom of the press.

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