@12: Yeah, there's an annoying (and I think purposeful, but I'm cynical like that) nonspecificity as to what "democratic public ownership" means. However, if they meant "workers' ownership", they would say that.
Here's an article by the English/Welsh affiliate of Socialist Alternative on SA's website which I think makes things a little clearer: "Britain - Nationalize Murdoch’s Press! — 'Murdochgate' is Britain’s Watergate": http://www.socialistalternative.org/news…
"However, the current undemocratic situation of the press and the media in Britain will not be cured by a few cosmetic measures such as 'the strengthening of the press complaints committee.' This will be no more effective in checking anti-working class gutter journalism than police violence will be checked by the police investigating themselves. Nor is it sufficient merely to call, as some on the left incredibly have done, for the 'break-up of the Murdoch empire.' We don’t want mini-Murdochs to replace the slain monster. All those responsible for violating the confidentiality and rights of individuals should be brought to book, charged and if found guilty should receive the appropriate punishment. But even if this was to happen it would not alter one jot the grip exercised by undemocratic forces – beholden to capitalism – over the media.
"New alternative socialist media must be built by the trade unions and working people. But this must be accompanied by raising now the need, in the first instance, for the democratic nationalization of the printing presses, television and radio under democratic popular management and control – beginning with the state confiscation of the resources of News Corporation, which has demonstrated that it is a danger to democracy itself. We, the working class and the labor movement, do not want to take over the Sun, the Daily Mail or even the 'august' Guardian.
"We opposed the state monopoly of news and information that existed in Stalinist states. The real alternative is democratic working-class and popular control of the press and media in general. This will not result in a monopoly for the government or one party but allow access to the media in proportion to political support. Capitalism and Stalinism defend undemocratic control of the media by a minority. Socialists stand for taking the 'production of information' out of the hands of a minority and into the hands of the majority, which would allow full freedom of discussion and decision-making."
Nationalization of the printing presses. In other words, no publication or dissemination of information outside the state.