Don’t let politicians destroy Press freedom: Act NOW if you want to help defend the right to read a website like MailOnline
Culture Secretary must decide whether or not to implement legislation so pernicious, it is hard to believe Parliament ever passed it
Under Section 40 of Crime and Courts Act, any relevant newspapers or news websites which refuse to join regulator approved under Government’s Royal Charter for Press, and are sued for libel, will be forced to pay other side’s legal costs even if they win
Costs in High Court legal actions routinely run into hundreds of thousands of pounds — sometimes millions
Legislation gives anyone who wants to silence journalists a free ticket; news organisations that fight will face being bankrupted
By MAILONLINE REPORTER
22 December 2016
One sure sign of a civilised society is a free Press. It is through a free Press that the rich, the powerful — and the corrupt and criminal — are held to account.
Britain has enjoyed a free Press for more than 300 years. Even in the darkest days of war our Press has always been at liberty to criticise those in power — subject only to the law, which is the same for everyone, from the humblest parish magazine to the mighty panjandrums of the BBC.
But now all that may be about to change. In the New Year, the Culture Secretary must decide whether or not to implement a piece of legislation so pernicious, so illiberal, it is hard to believe Parliament ever passed it. But it did.
Under Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, rushed into law after the Leveson Inquiry, any relevant newspapers or news websites – from MailOnline to The Guardian, Huffington Post and Buzzfeed – which refuse to join a regulator approved under the Government’s Royal Charter for the Press, and are sued for libel, will be forced to pay the other side’s legal costs — even if they win.
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A free press is the corner-stone of any free society. Which is precisely the reason the traitors in the House of Treason are determined to silence it, or worse – to transform it into a tame mouthpiece of super-rich corporations and individuals.
The press, like the corporate media in general, is far from perfect and often abuses its freedom, as was the case with the Daily Mail’s grossly unfair treatment of the Stephen Lawrence murder suspects. But that is no reason to throw the baby out with the bath-water.
One does not cure one evil by introducing an even greater evil – if one has any sense, that is. Unfortunately sense is exactly the quality most noticeably absent from the deliberations of the House of Treason and House of Hypocrisy.
A press that is muzzled and in thrall to a ‘regulatory body’ that is a mere front for super-rich individuals, including many MPs and ‘peers’, who can afford to buy privacy – and secrecy – is no free press at all.