More Law?

Do we need tough new laws to regulate the British press?

Unsurprisingly at the time of writing some 82% of Guardianista believe that we do. Unfortunately, that is a nice, pat knee-jerk reaction to what has happened from the hard of thinking. Much as I despise the fourth estate –  almost as much as I abhor politicians –  a free press is essential in a liberal society. The alternative; one governed and regulated by the state will inevitably lead to a stifling of information.

There is a role for journalism –  especially investigative journalism. However, it is up to the industry to clean up its act and do what it is supposed to do –  report news that is in the public interest, as opposed to interesting to a prurient public. Less of the gossip, tittle tattle and celeb sycophancy and a move towards proper journalism would be nice. However, I suspect it is beyond the vacuous, talentless, barely literate mediocrities that currently infest Fleet Street.

9 comments for “More Law?

  1. Dave_G
    October 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Investigative journalism???? Who are you kidding? The MSM are paid lackeys of the political class, bereft of any individual thinking and loathed to bring even the more well known ‘lies’ to the attention of the public. We don’t need courts to stifle ‘investigative journalism’ when we have editors/owners that do that for them.

    • October 29, 2012 at 6:55 am

      The bloggers, however, aren’t so easily muzzled…

      • October 29, 2012 at 8:49 am

        In the light of a certain post this morning – no they’re not.

        • October 29, 2012 at 11:15 am

          Ooh! Intriguing!

        • Furor Teutonicus
          October 31, 2012 at 3:44 am


    • Furor Teutonicus
      October 31, 2012 at 3:42 am

      XX Dave_G
      October 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm XX

      You have taken the words right out of my mouth.
      I would only add, All journalists are scum, not worthy of life or the deffinition of “human”.

      Pond bottom excretions of ducks would be a better description of this “life” form.

  2. October 28, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    Considering Observer phone hacking and Guardian bribes to the Met, I’m not surprised that Rusbridger is so keen on muzzling the press.

    • October 29, 2012 at 6:56 am

      Those who shout the loudest about the sins of the opposition are inevitably doing the same things themselves!

      • October 29, 2012 at 8:50 am

        I’m going to quote this now at my place.

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