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Don’t shout at the telly: The Leveson Inquiry


Don't shout at the telly: The Leveson Inquiry

In this gripping on the sofa discussion, volunteers raise questions on the press and free speech in light of the Leveson Inquiry. The online journal Spiked has launched a campaign against the Leveson Inquiry and spiked journalist Patrick Hayes challenges participants not to go along with the Inquiry’s dangerous underlying assumptions.  Support for the Leveson inquiry with its bewigged judges, celebrities and government seeking to control the press, shows nothing but elitist snobbery and contempt for the public. Free speech and a free press with no ‘buts’ are essential for democracy he argues and while not everyone on the sofa agrees, WORLDwrite and WORLDbytes does.

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Barbara Roymacauley said:

The Leveson Enquiry

This film programme has been able to successfully highlight, focus and discuss in detail, the core evaluations of the role and likely impact of the Leveson Enquiry. Issues range from freedom of speech, , the right to reply , press freedoms and the pursuit of the truth , responsible reporting, media moguls in the world of news super highways, the state and police involvements in the press industry etc. etc. A very well worthwhile exposition of key issues. The film clearly highlights the importance of being ‘media aware’ and a critical thinker, in a climate of impending changes for the state of press and media freedom .
Barbara Roymacauley

Dennis Bailey said:

The vast majority of this country felt that the media has abused it’s position of complete freedom. The enquiry is to find out what those abuses are, how rampant they were, and to find a way to address those continual abuses. Leveson has stated right at the start of the enquiry that press freedom must be in no way eroded. There is a problem within the core of the press, and it isn’t unique, it is the norm throughout the industry. There has to be a way to protect the innocent from those abuses without eroding press freedom, and this enquiry was set up to find it. So far Leveson has done nothing but listen to evidence, and has been fair in conducting it.

faith said:

The freedom to speak and to express an opinion is one of the cornerstones of democracy. If we don’t like what we hear we have the power to do something about it. None of us as individuals would agree to be bound and gagged, which could now happen on a national level. It it will be a sad day i for all of us if the government grants itself the power to control the press and police for thoughts and beliefs.

Zoe O'Connell said:

As a member of a minority group who has been persecuted by the press for many years, I’m afraid I can in no way support your campaign. Recent actions by the media have demonstrated that further regulation is absolutely essential to prevent that industry recklessly destroying people’s lives.

Freedom and liberty is for all people, not for those who happen to work in a particular industry.

A Modern Military Mother said:

Freedom of the press is critical but not via self regulation but by an Independent body not dissimilar to OFCOM as with the broadcast media. With great freedom comes great responsibility.

Political parties are deeply implicated in this and power has been courting power to line their own pockets.

Power corrupts – I think both parties Government and the media are guilty of corruption. I believe that there should be a Hypocratic oath of the press to create a benchmark standard of good practice that is independently agreed. The role of Government is to govern – the media shouldn’t get to operate outside the civil structure and legislation of Government. Unfortunately, humans are greedy and can’t resist temptation. There is no innocent in this situation. It’s corruption versus corruption.

Jesse said:

I am really pulled on this one, it is so obvious watching this that press freedom is crucial but what about the point about the Murdoch’s of the media world who leave us little opportunity to get to the truth. Or am i just being snobby??

Shelby said:

I agree that press freedom is really important, but until we see ourselves as capable of judging good or bad, we won’t be able to win this one will we?

Jasmine said:

I was shocked that so many people on the sofa thought they were fit to decifer the headlines and make choices for themselves but others weren’t. What makees them so special? I find the whole inquiry really worrying, in fact the inquiry is just an effect of a larger problem we have now which is how easy we let go of necessary freedoms, like press freedom, these days. There is such a lot at stake here, without these freedoms we do not live in a democratic society and the more we give up as if we (or them) can’t cope the more I look around and see some very authoritarian developments around me. Really need to win on press freedom.

Gillie said:

Very good debate it will be interesting to see what happens with Murdoch in the dock. Why would anyone want Murdoch’s cronies to deal with Murdoch?

Roger Orwin said:

This would seem to boil down to what people think of other people and if they look to the state or not. Most people seem to look to the state rather than people to solve things in fact they want the state to deal with everyone else except themselves

J Fortis said:

Surprisingly informed discussion- has left me in a quandry- I hate the tabloids but hate snobbish eltism too- I guess elitism is worse then?

Sarah K said:

Agree with Zara below, excellent points put forward by the Spiked guy- made me want to read more. It is scary that so few people are questioning judges determining what we can read hear and say..

Zara Dinesh said:

I am quite shocked by the people in this discussion some of them don’t seem to think we the public should even be allowed to think for ourselves, that is scary.

John Harris said:

Excellent points raised, I didn’t realise there was a counter Leveson inquiry and evidently there certainly needs to be. Thank you for bringing this to my attention and the world’s.

Piotr Gorzynski said:

It’s funny that someone thinks their radical today by saying (effectively) rich people shouldn’t run newspapers and the state should shut them down! If millionaires don’t have the right to run newspapers, what hope is there for the rest of us?