Journalist are part of the 4th estate and as such they are de-facto public servants who in commonwealth nations work not for the Queen (Buckingham Palace) but for Her Majesty Service (Westminster Palace) for ALL people of the realm.
And in a Westminster system, which is based on the founding document of the Magna Carta, its not just good enough that governments follow the letter of the law. Public servants must ensure the spirit of the law and the principles of natural justice is also obeyed. It is one of the checks and balances of democracy which ensures every one rights are protected and not just some peoples rights. Because democracy does not mean mob rule power by simply having the majority.
In a true democracy no one gets left behind. If you do this you take common-law’s principles of justice (laws must be obeyed in both spirt and the letter) and you replaces its with the barbaric ‘piracy’ (Summum jus summa injuria is a maxim meaning ‘extreme justice is extreme injustice.) of maritime commercial law.
So as opposed to a system where civil servants are on Her Majesty Service (007 style keeping the bad guys at bay) in the service of all the citizens of the realm regardless of their race, sexuality, political beliefs, religion or other opinions, it becomes simply ‘Queens privilege rule by the few.’
Privilege is the ‘lawlessness’ of despots, tyrants, villains and brigands – Hail Hydra in Spectre Service We Are Slaves. I don’t think so. To quote my favourite scene from the Spectre the reboot of Her Majesty Service;
“C : Take a look at the world… chaos… because people like you, paper-pushers and politicians, are too spineless to do what needs to be done so I made an alliance to put the power where it should be, and now you want to throw it away for the sake of democracy, whatever the hell that is. How predictably moronic.
[points gun at M]
C : But then isn’t that what ‘M’ stands for… ‘moron’?
M : And now we know what ‘C’ stands for