From Elsewhere: Bloggers Leveson will affect YOU too.
Tomorrow the liberal left in the form of the Labour and Liberal Democrat parties will do their utmost to shut down the free press in the United Kingdom.
Riding on the back of public revulsion at the hacking of the phone of murder victim Milly Dowler, those like the Labour party (who probably do have a lot to hide) have turned the original phone hacking cases (hacking was a criminal offence anyway under the Interception of Communications Acts) and the Leveson Inquiry into them, into a full on attack on press freedom.
If the Leftists preferred legislation goes through then we will have lost much. The gag which this will put on the press, not just the dead tree press, could preclude a modern analogue of the great investigative journalism stories of the past such as the uncovering by the Sunday Times of the Thalidomide scandal or the Daily Telegraph’s exposing of parliamentary expenses padding.
Guido Fawkes has a sobering piece on his site showing how Leveson will not only affect tabloid stories about celebrities who accept random blow jobs from strange women, but will affect bloggers, many of whom are filling in the gaps that mainstream media such as the BBC are not filling.
“One thing that surprises Guido is that his comrades in the liberal, progressive blogosphere have seemingly not noticed that the proposed Royal Charter aims to control and regulate them as well as the tabloids.
Schedule 4, Point 1 of both the government and the opposition’s versions of the Royal Charter will bring blogs under the regulator’s control:
“relevant publisher” means a person (other than a broadcaster) who publishes in the United Kingdom: a. a newspaper or magazine containing news-related material, or b. a website containing news-related material (whether or not related to a newspaper or magazine)” ”
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Leveson style press controls will not be used to protect the Grants, Dowlers and Jefferies of this world, they will be used by local councils to suppress dissent, companies to hide misdeeds and politicians to hide incompetence and malevolence. Such controls would most definitely also be used by the professional shroud-wavers and offence takers of Britain’s Islamic groups in order to shut down criticism of their ideology.
Although I hope for any press controls to be defeated, if they are not, remember just who slilenced the voices of British journalists and remember them by the killers names, Labour and Liberal Democrat.
The Left are going to try to kill the concept of a free press in Britain, we shouldn’t let them succeed and we can defeat them by continuing to use our right to free speech to publish our opinions and news items. I would certainly advise British bloggers, especially political bloggers, to host their blogs in nations which are more appreciative and supportive of a free press than Britain has become, and it is a terrible indictment of how bad the situation has become that I feel the need to give such advice.
After this will anybody be able to say the words ‘Left’ and ‘Freedom’ with a straight face?