Those who characterise any enquiry into media ownership as an infringement of freedom have it backwards. Complete information and and an absence of monopolies are fundamental conditions of a free market, and of all Western countries, Australia has the closest to a media monopoly, with News Ltd dominating our press. The lack of other voices of comparable reach has a chilling effect on debate and distorts and curtails information.
In this environment, News Ltd’s demonstrated willingness to engage in egregious bias, cosy political relationships, and even regime change, poses a real threat. The 2006 slackening of ownership laws was a mistake and should be reversed.