The Leveson report was widely criticised by many who believe that it was a prelude to state censorship of the press, save by a small minority with possibly something to hide who didn’t think it went far enough. Leveson also took a tilt at the internet and various debate boards, blogs and other mass media outlets such as twitter and even facebook. Though how he expected the rest of the world to fall in with his views remains somewhat of a mystery.
As it is, he’s been summoned by MP’s to discuss his proposals on press regulation, though it rather looks like it will take place in secret…
The judge who led the probe into media standards was at the centre of a fresh controversy last night after it emerged his showdown with MPs may take place behind closed doors – or not at all.
Lord Justice Leveson has been summoned to appear before a Commons committee to explain why he wanted state regulations to curb the press.
But after the intervention of Britain’s most senior judge, Lord Justice Leveson could be interviewed in secret, with a report of the event published later by the Commons Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, or he may refuse to appear.
Committee chairman Tory MP John Whittingdale held talks with the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, after reports that Lord Judge wanted to block Leveson’s Commons appearance.
A senior legal source said: ‘Lord Judge and Leveson are perfectly entitled to tell the MPs to get lost. Leveson conducted a judicial inquiry and does not have to answer to MPs or anyone else for it.’
So the people who want to regulate our access to information can tell MP’s to get lost, refuse to appear or even demand that the meeting takes place in private.
Kind of makes you wonder what they’ve got to hide, doesn’t it?
I believe Leveson himself knows that any proposals he makes will be adjudged to not be in the public’s interest, even Cameron believes this to be the case, though apparently the Labour party are all for it, though control over the news and media has always been a socialist wet dream, after all it’s the only way they have to cover up the utter failure they make of any country or economy they get a hold of.
I rather suspect organisations such as the Unions and the EU would rather they had control over the press as well, if only to prevent the truth from being known.
And that is at the nub of what Leveson proposed. he wanted legislation in place essentially to hide certain truths, truths which the powers that be did not want in the public domain. They used the illegality of certain members of the press checking the message services of certain celebrities and other media interests to propose driving a horse and cart through one of our most basic freedoms.
If Leveson and his supporters get their way, people will be denied the right to decide what should be in their interests, the state will do it for them…
No wonder the powers that be love the idea…