Thursday, April 4, 2013

today final extract of the book

Leveson After

is Prof. Chris Frost, Head of Journalism at 'Liverpool John Moores University. A former president of the National Union of Journalists, testified at the Leveson inquiry by the General Secretary of the National Union of Journalists, Michelle Stanistreet.

the debate on the form of a new press regulator continues believes that some of the problems that still have time to fix ...

Lord Justice Leveson

report would still controversial. While he, as well as many politicians and much of the population believes that we need a regulator with teeth, and he wrote universal, there are some, especially those working in journalism, who believe that any regulation may damage the concept of freedom of the press.

Journalists are trained to be skeptical to the point of cynicism about the different agendas people bring to the business media. They are very aware that many people desire to limit the power of the press is often dictated by the basest of motives.

It is therefore not surprising that journalists should be particularly wary of anything that has the declared intention of improving the standards of its clear implication of control.

But wanting to avoid those with low cover their tracks reasons is not in itself a reason to write what you want.

I have not met anyone who thinks they should be allowed to write a lie about someone and publish it as a journalist. Is not the press itself immune to basic patterns.

The individual's right to freedom of expression, the right to freedom of opinion and the right to information is essential in a democratic society, free, but is not subject any threat of a press regulator.


still be able to talk face to face, letters, e-mails, tweets, blogs and posts elsewhere, as they do now.

The difference between freedom of expression and press freedom

freedom of the press is generally understood by the freedom of newspapers and magazines to write what they enjoy only limited by the law of the land (itself a regulation, of course).

The big difference between freedom of expression and freedom to publish a newspaper is the newspaper has enormous power to promote their views to millions of people. And the other factor is the limited ownership of newspapers carried a strict control of the range of views that people receive.

Many of those who testified at the Inquiry expressed concern that one of the main obstacles to free and pluralistic press in the UK is ownership. A newspaper focusing on business, the liability of its shareholders, as put many restrictions on freedom of the press and any other government in a mature democracy.

It has been said that we are back to the time of John Milton and release licenses. However, the idea that the regulator risks Leveson us back to the government in 1644 that Milton did not fancy frustrated.

Milton wrote Areopagitica as a call on Parliament to repeal the authorization order that led to the question under government control, to ensure that official censorship would have to approve the work of a writer before publication. No order has been suggested or proposed by Leveson is, nobody.

gap in the debate on freedom of the press is twofold: If the press may publish what you want? Are there consequences that may or must follow that?

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