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Don’t Shout at the Telly: Press Freedom


Don't Shout at the Telly: Press Freedom

Even before the Leveson Inquiry, the British press had become tame, objectivity ridiculed and a culture of conformism had set in. Joining volunteers on the sofa, Mick Hume author of There is No Such Thing As a Free Press… and we need one more than ever sets the scene.Investigative journalism is facing an ice age, he explains and the ‘buts’ to ‘I believe in press freedom’ are getting louder. Discussants raise their concerns, was the response to phone hacking over the top? Why can’t we say what we think anymore? What about privacy? Do the public know or care? Can we trust the press anyway? Hume’s answers are salutary and his recommendations to create our own media to challenge ideas rather than support regulation or whinge about Murdoch are more than worth taking on board.

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WORLDbytes – The School of Citizen TV » Views on the Streets: Free Speech post-Copenhagen said:

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Mijanur said:

Mick Hume is absolutely right, we cannot start regulating the press. Where would it stop and who defines what is right or wrong in regards to the stories and articles the press decide to show. I think it is up to the public themselves to decide themselves to decide what is right or wrong and watch or buy that paper accordingly. This press freedom is vital for an overall balanced press culture.

Amber Mun said:

Mick Hume makes the valid point that freedom of the press is a messy business, but one that needs to be defended inviolably. He points out that the debate over this essential right that directly impacts upon the freedom of the public at large is taking place in an elite arena in which the public’s voice is not really being sought or heard. It is worrying that the path towards further conformity on the part of the press is being pursued with so little apparent resistance.

Piotr said:

I think that it is obvious that the press sometimes ape the government line and sometimes are critical of it in various ways. In the end it’s about political debate and so I think Suhail is being a little idealist about objectivity. Finding the truth about anything seems to me to require the most open and adversarial debate possible, otherwise your opponents views would go untested. Nobody but autocrats really lose with a free press whilst with a regulated press the possibility of establishing the truth is lost.

K said:

Freedom is difficult problem.
For example, with press cencership, government corruption is the very topic most likely to be censored.
In this situation, we cann’t say that democracy operates properly.
But some say that censorship is necessary to preserve the secrets of a nation.
At the age of the internet today, we must especially ponder over press freedom.

Suhail Patel said:

“In this world, which is getting more and more closely interconnected, we have to learn to tolerate each other. We have to learn to put up with the fact that some people say things that we don’t like. We can only live together in that way, and if we are to live together and not die together, we must learn a kind of charity and a kind of tolerance which is absolutely vital to the continuation of human life on this planet.” – Bertrand Russell

I think its really important for us to remember that we all have different views and no two person will every agree on every political or social issue.

Journalists have a moral obligation to report the cold hard facts, and it’s harrowing to see how sensationalist journalism has taken hold of the industry.

While I agree with Mike in that we can’t help but have underlying biases, it is the job of media to report what is known without any hidden agenda’s in mind.

zahid khan said:

I am for free press , although i hate and disagree with 90% of the UK press . i think having a controlled free press is not in the interest of the general population but only in the interest for the elite .

Voiltaire a french historianj said

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it”

Randolph Ferry said:

Once we’ve got through the various reasons why some of us don’t like this or that corner of the British press and media and get to the principle of free speech and freedom of the press, the we realise that a regulated press is an attack on our freedom to read and watch what we want and make up our own minds whether we agree with it or not. To argue for press regulation takes our capacity to judge things for ourselves away from us – and so it should be opposed. Well done for making this film.