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The woman who started all this.

The Royal Charter explained in full.

This Bristol web designer is confident that none of this applies to blogs.

Free speech campaigner and writer Cory Doctorow disagrees.

As does pressure group Index on Censorship, although Culture Secretary Maria Miller says the new rules would protect "small scale bloggers".

Tim Worstall goes further and argues that the British Government has decided to censor the entire world's press and media.

What the oldest English language periodical thinks of the Royal Charter.

The Guardian: "Press regulation: a victory for the rich, the celebrated and the powerful”.

Nobody from the press was there when the grubby deal was struck, but four members of Hacked Off were.

"First they came..."

The Huffington Post on what most 'liberals' probably think.

Press regulation could finally stop people disagreeing with you.

Sign the petition to tell Hugh Grant, Max Mosley and Evan Harris to "Blog Off!"

Reaction from around the world:

New York Times: (The regulations) would “chill free speech and threaten the survival of small publishers and internet sites”.

Matt Storin, managing editor of the New York Daily News: “I believe I can speak for virtually all American journalists in saying the new British Press regulations are not only appalling but also, in an American context, unimaginable.”

Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Russian government owned newspaper): “Censorship sir!”. “Rainy days for the freedom of the press.”

Yulia Latynina (Russian journalist): “We will probably see Andrey Lugovoy (suspect in the Alexander Litvinenko murder case) claiming millions in compensation over his coverage in UK newspapers — he will probably be the first client of your new regulator.”

Takura Zhangazha, Zimbabwean Voluntary Media Council: “Statutory regulation of the Press is inimical to freedom of expression because we have had statutory regulation here and it has led to the newspapers being shut down, journalists being arrested and a culture of impunity for the state against the media.”

Delo newspaper (Ukraine): “Great Britain is getting ready to launch censorship.”

Gulf Daily News (Bahrain): “Neither British politicians nor anyone else is going to solve [the problems] by creating some sort of bureaucratic watchdog that will regulate what journalists do. We already have in place the best regulatory force of any organisation on the planet. They are called the readers.”

Nic Dawes, editor-in-chief, Mail & Guardian (South Africa): “The UK is not only a leading democracy, it is the birthplace of the free Press. If it chooses a statutory regulatory regime, in word or in deed, it will set a dangerous and very high-profile example. Those who seek to secure and extend their power, whether in public office or private, will see in Britain’s choice a very convenient precedent. Please do not give it to them.”

IRIB HispanTV (Iranian state broadcaster): “Freedom of the Press under threat in the United Kingdom” “The British Government’s new measure to regulate the Press puts in danger freedom of expression and democracy in the European country.”

The Australian: “In Britain, as a result of a deal stitched up behind closed doors, we now have a scary system of state oversight of journalism. A Royal Charter will create a Press regulator with the power to maul unruly hacks and editors.”

Die Welt (Germany): A “black day” for the British press.

Le Monde: The regulator will have “little respect for basic liberties”.

L’Express (France): “A sad event in the history of freedom of the Press in the UK”.

El Pais: A “dangerous experiment” with “unforseeable consequences. Putting a stop to a certain kind of Press would not be bad, but the worst thing would be if this resulted in the erosion of Press liberty achieved 300 years ago in one of the oldest democracies in the world.”



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Mar. 22nd, 2013 02:10 am (UTC)
Well I, for one, am amused at the big media getting what they deserve. Cory forgot to underline and circle the bits saying it doesn't apply to individuals or small organisations.

The fact that "Big news" in the form of broadsheets and HuffPo etc are aligned against it is... comical. Free speech is not about allowing millionaires to say what they like regardless of consequence.
Mar. 22nd, 2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
The only freedom our press is interested in is the freedom to hound people to bankruptcy or suicide in the name of pandering to the basest instincts of parts of our society. If there was ever a case for a free press, it got pissed away in an orgy of phone-hacking and malice.

Cory Doctorow is, I fear, being very naive; he should try to see things from the point of view of those with less privilege, and more reason to be fearful of the press, than himself.

Edited at 2013-03-22 01:23 pm (UTC)
Mar. 22nd, 2013 08:06 pm (UTC)
It seems rather potty that all this effort has been expended in creating a new regulatory regime, when the problems that occurred under the old one were nothing to do with the regulator: the police weren’t interested in investigating the crimes that were taking place.

Journalists on some successful tabloids misbehaved, and now all sorts of publications are going to find life more restrictive and more expensive. Why should our loss-making broadsheets or the struggling local press or weekly magazines fall into the same category as the naughty national tabloids?

It’s rather like trying to make a national alcohol policy based on the inability of people in Lanarkshire to drink responsibly, or making a transport policy based on pressure from the minority of people who are hit by cars.
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