FREE SPEECH GROUPS HER MAJESTY NOT TO SIGN ROYAL CHARTER TO GAG THE PRESS – The Royal Charter that has been drawn up by politicians who will ultimately oversee regulation of the British Press is seen as nothing more than a way for politicians to hide what they don’t want the public to know.
The Royal Charter has been dubbed the ‘Toxic Charter’ for it is seen as nothing more than a way to erode free speech, freedom of expression and the inability to uncover wrongful actions by those in power.
For 300 years, Britain has seen a system of free press. It is fair to say that news isn’t always reported in the most accurate way and at times has infringed upon the privacy of others.
Yes, the press, run by human beings, has made its fair share of mistakes but if we allow a Royal Charter then cases involving the likes of Chris Huhne are likely to get swept under the carpet and Tony Blair many never see the inside of The Hague for his involvement in the illegal incursion and murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children.
If such a charter is signed by Her Majesty the Queen then you might as well never bother reading another news article again for it is likely that it would only have been published after being well and truly doctored, by those in power.
The next step will no doubt be our Courts whereby more ‘secretive’ courts are allowed to be set up so that justice can be dispensed as how politicians see fit – you won’t ever know about it of course because nobody will be allowed to report it.
Britain is the bastion of the world when it comes to the free press and as such we have a moral duty to ensure that everyone has a voice; regardless to whether we like it or not – to silence one must involve silencing all and there is no democracy in silence.
The petition, to refrain from signing the Royal Charter, has been handed to Her Majesty the Queen from a number of bodies including the World Press Freedom Committee, the International Press Institute and the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust.
If Her Majesty the Queen happens upon meebal.com and this article; this is our plea…
“Your Majesty, without a free press there can be no freedom. Without freedom we are merely shackled by a dictatorship that will use its powers to restrict all forms of open debate and bring to light the wrong-doings of others in the hope of dispensing justice.
The press Ma’am is the very pillar of a free and open democratic society and by allowing such a Royal Charter to be signed will allow those who seek the abolition of the Monarchy to succeed for there will be no one able to report and therefore oppose such a move.
We implore you Ma’am not to be manipulated into signing such a Charter from those who simply wish to impose their will upon others by having the ability to silence any opponent.
We, your loyal subjects will stand by you and your decision but we implore you not to be coerced by those who seek ultimate power through a regime of silencing the people.”
Your most humble servant, Editor, Meebal.com
Look closely at any regime run by dictators; the first thing that is ever controlled and silenced is the press – it is after all the most effective way to control communication, stifle open debate and stave off any form of democracy.
In a recent poll 68% of members from the public felt that the proposed Royal Charter is simply a way for politicians to exploit and manipulate the press – many also feel that such a Charter will almost certainly be the downfall of free speech.
You need to look closely at this Royal Charter for all three of the major political parties, Labour, Tory and Lib Dem have agreed on its contents.
Ask yourself when was the last time that all three major parties agreed on anything – this realisation alone should only cement suspicion that this is nothing more than the first step to creating a system of totalitarianism.
We must of course have a balanced system and one where members of the press can be held accountable for their actions.
The suggestion is to create a Press Body in which is independent from the regulators and provide them with the power of fining the press or insisting on corrections of inaccuracies and apologies where warranted; unfortunately this has been rejected by the Government and certain lobbying groups who want nothing more than to gag the press.
From what we can gather this situation appears unprecedented in that nobody appears to remember a time when the Queen has been asked to sign a Royal Charter that effectively forces regulation on an industry that so vehemently opposes such a measure.
The British public needs to understand that Her Majesty the Queen is effectively being forced to sign the Royal Charter; despite what her personal views might be.
If Her Majesty refuses to sign such a Charter this will no doubt cause outrage in Parliament and even rally some to suggest that Britain is ready to abolish the Monarchy.
The public, at all cost, must unite and stand firm if we are to remain a democratic society with a Monarchy that is not simply loved and admired but is a vital element to our national heritage and survival as a nation.