This article from Big Brother Watch shows how Labour and the Lib Dems watered down a public interest clause in the new press laws. Something that should give anyone who is in favour of free speech and accurate reporting severe concerns, is the right of ‘third party’ representives of allegedly offended parties where there is a complaint. The Left lowered the threshold for such complainants to become involved. This has implications for the right to report on religious groups, political groups, and businesses (where a trade association could be the ‘third party’). It is going to be a bigger gag on the press than the superinjunction.
This is not, as a pro-Leveson commentator on this blog said on the other Leveson post, a minor press byelaw change, this new scheme and the complaince apparatus it will generate is a major attack on press freedom.
This blog will NOT register with any Leveson ‘Recognition Agency’ or any similar press licensing or censorship entity, this blog which although it mostly covers UK issues, is published outside the United Kingdom. It is the job of editors, not politicians to edit publications.
This is a regressive policy and to look to who will benefit from it, look to its funders and cheerleaders, a motley collection of sleazy celebs, authoritiarian leftwingers and the super rich. It certainly will not benefit such things as holding the government to account or speaking out against injustice or voicing an opinion.
Big Brother Watch has more details on the worrying questions that are being asked about this dangerous dog’s breakfast of a policy.
Guido Fawkes has some interesting information on the sometimes sleazy and titled but definitely very rich contributors to Hacked Off.