Freedom of the press?

There is, of course, Common Purpose Leveson and Hacked Off. Then there is this:

Defending John Kay in court, Trevor Burke QC told the jury that the prosecution of journalists is ‘the hallmark of oppressive regimes that seek to restrict free speech, crush the press and silence open debate’. What our democratic and civilised authorities have in common with such regimes is that they are prosecuting investigative journalists not for breaking the law, but for breaking embarrassing stories; not for printing lies, but for publishing hidden truths. Unlike in those police states, however, crusading UK prosecutors are still faced with the inconvenience of having to persuade a jury made up of members of the populace who evidently do not all share their fear and loathing of the popular media.

As always, the question is – where is the line drawn? And what of the political blog?

[H/T Chuckles]

6 comments for “Freedom of the press?

  1. Peter Whale
    March 29, 2015 at 7:57 am

    The line is easy to draw as long as you do not incite violence your opinion can be aired and if you break the law regarding slander or libel you face the consequence. Other than those provisos you can fuck off.

  2. Hereward unbowed.
    March 29, 2015 at 9:57 am

    What did these idiots [Common Purpose/Hacked off] want, this was no people’s crusade as they [Hugh Grant et al] portrayed it, not at all the hacked off campaign was all about finally gagging the vestigal remnants of a free press.

    I laugh at the term “free press”….. where for art thou? – no I’d call it hamstrung and limping in tune and enslaved by – with the political mainstream but at times a cur can bark. YOWL it certainly did and the public rescued the flea bitten whelp. THEN kicked up the butt – even this current set of wankers sitting in Whitehall/Westminster/the City/Corporate elite – had to listen but for how long – you know they’ll come again and just like in China the authorities don’t understand a “NO” from the people.

    China or, the EU: I can see the parallels – can’t you?

    • mona
      March 29, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      Calling them wankers is praise indeed. try scum sucking shit, nearer but still far off, as for juries their days will be numbered.

  3. john in cheshire
    March 29, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    I know it’s being pedantic, but for clarification, the word wherefore means what or why; particularly when seen in Romeo and Juliet.Perhaps we might ask wherefore art thou called a free press?

  4. Buck Moody
    March 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    We haven’t had a free press since Hutton. The British press is a disgrace and, under Nuremberg, constitutes one non-stop war crime!

  5. March 29, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    A free press would be fine. I have yet to see it freed from liars and calumnists. In fact that is what a lot of columnists should be called.

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