Getting freedom backwards

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.

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