Wednesday, 6th February 2013
HOUSE OF LORDS TAKES STEPS TO KILL FREEDOM OF THE PRESS – It has been announced that Peers, in the House of Lords, have backed legislation to govern the Press, by 272 votes to 141.
What is amazing is that it was Labour and the Liberal Democrats who rebelled against the Tories to initiate aspects by Lord Justice Leverson’s report into law.
And there was me thinking that Great Britain was a democracy in which our Government supported Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression and above all Freedom of the Press.
It can be argued that Rupert Murdock and the Press has a lot to answer for over the phone hacking that bought about this enquiry. However putting a legislative muzzle on the Press is simply no way to moved forward in a so-called democratic society.
With the introduction of legislation to control Freedom of the Press, at what point do we lose democracy over a dictatorship? While I am all for factual Press people have to realize that the people who write the news, such as me, do get it wrong from time to time – it’s just human nature and I challenge anyone to tell me they haven’t made mistakes in their lives.
This legislation is really a death sentence for the messenger and is just the first step on the slippery slope of a full dictatorship of the Press that will allow government to feed the public only the information it deems appropriate.
I pledge this to our readers now… Meebal.com will never been subject to any legislative process where it infringes on our right to Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Expression and above all our belief that the Press should be free to report openly on the critical issues that affect our lives.
While the vote is extremely disturbing the Press does have one saving grace, which is the stark fact that any such legislation, or indeed enforcement, could fall foul of the European Convention on Human Rights and we at Meebal.com will use this, if necessary, to defend our position on the Freedom of Free Press.
I can certainly appreciate that not everyone appreciates what we publish at Meebal.com and sometimes our views, and the views of our writers, are more often than not a little close to the bone, but we uphold the principal that people must be able to freely express themselves and that any attempt to control that freedom is against their Human Rights and against the very fabric of a free and democratic society.
Maybe their Lordships would like to rename the Great Britain into North Korea 2, while they are busy drafting legislation that is nothing more than the death knoll of democracy.
If any journalist now feels that are no longer free to express their opinions and give the news to the public untarnished and without legislative tampering, then come and write for Meebal.com – we operate under the belief of democracy and where people should be free to express their opinions.