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'Why we must not shackle the press': Blunkett warns

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'Why we must not shackle the press': Blunkett warns

Post by Guest on Sat Nov 24, 2012 12:38 am

'Why we must not shackle the press': Blunkett warns against 'changing the terms' despite having 'suffered' at the hands of the media




  • David Blunkett said there was no need to rush into legislation to ensure there is no repeat of the phone hacking scandal

  • The former Home Secretary has become the most senior Labour figure to speak out against statutory regulation of the Press



David Blunkett today becomes the most senior Labour figure yet to come out against statutory regulation of the Press.


Just days before the Leveson Inquiry is due to report, the former Home Secretary said there was no need to rush into legislation to ensure scandals such as phone hacking at the News of the World do not happen again.


He said that despite the fact he had ‘suffered’ at the hands of the media, he did not want to see anything that would ‘change the terms on which we have a free Press’.


The support for Press freedom from the former MP for Sheffield Brightside comes despite the fact that he resigned twice from Tony Blair’s cabinet following controversies in the media.







  • Comments come just days before the Leveson Inquiry is due to report



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Re: 'Why we must not shackle the press': Blunkett warns

Post by Guest on Sun Nov 25, 2012 11:44 am

Foreign press warn over dangers of new UK media laws prior to Leveson report


Statutory controls would aid dictators abroad and send an 'appalling message', William Hague to be told by world body

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/nov/24/foreign-press-warn-over-leveson
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Post by Guest on Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:39 pm

Leveson: Hague declares support for press freedom as ruling due



Foreign Secretary William Hague says the government should "err on the side of freedom" when considering plans for press regulation.

Lord Justice Leveson, who has been inquiring into press standards, will make his recommendations on Thursday.

Evegeny Lebedev, owner of the Independent newspaper, also said he was "instinctively against" state regulation of the press.



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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-20485164
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Post by aiyoyo on Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:45 pm

The end of Freedom of the Press equals to end of true democracy.

What's betting Leveson's decision will be taken in consultation with No. 10 behind closed doors, quite naturally, if you take into account who instigated the inquiry and who appointed Leveson to head it. And, how Cameron was given special privilege over other witnesses and treated as VIP throughout.
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Post by Ribisl on Sun Nov 25, 2012 1:21 pm

We must remember that many of these people who are behind the move to curtail press freedom are the ones who had benefited most in the past in advancing their own agenda, be it their career or spreading (mis)information. Hypocrisy is never far behind their self-righteous indignation.

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Post by Bob Southgate on Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:36 pm

I have no doubt that some antics of the press over the years have been outrageous, but what is needed is a press watchdog that has teeth. The current system is farcical. Express Group newspapers have withdrawn from the process and readers or those reported on have no redress against anything that they do. I would prefer a watchdog that can hold the papers to account when they step over the line but the press should still have the freedom to expose those who need exposing.
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Post by aquila on Sun Nov 25, 2012 6:39 pm

No-one's had a go at the Law Society yet. Self-regulatory, self funded.
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Post by aiyoyo on Sun Nov 25, 2012 7:26 pm

@aquila wrote:No-one's had a go at the Law Society yet. Self-regulatory, self funded.

Self-regulatory, YES. Self-funded, erm...I think funded by lawyers paying fees to maintain membership accounts.

Is there a watchdog body regulating them? There should be.
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Post by Bob Southgate on Mon Nov 26, 2012 12:48 am

@aquila wrote:No-one's had a go at the Law Society yet. Self-regulatory, self funded.

Solicitors Regulatory Authority [cough]
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Post by PeterMac on Mon Nov 26, 2012 8:10 am

Where do you go to complain about an Ombdudsman ?

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Post by Woofer on Mon Nov 26, 2012 11:00 am

@Ribisl wrote:We must remember that many of these people who are behind the move to curtail press freedom are the ones who had benefited most in the past in advancing their own agenda, be it their career or spreading (mis)information. Hypocrisy is never far behind their self-righteous indignation.

Spot on.

A free press is the necessary balance to the covert antics of government and other powerful bodies. Without it, we`d be on the slippery slope to totalitarianism.

Its the non-availability of legal representation to the less well off that`s unjust. If it was, then the present laws would be sufficient.
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