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An Open Letter To My MP, Richard Drax, On The Leveson Report

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Dear Richard,

You suggested in your speech in the House this evening that implementing the Leveson report would mean legislating on ethical standards for the press.

This is nonsense and I find it difficult to believe you could advance such an idea in good faith. What Leveson recommends is legislating to create an independent regulator which would set ethical standards based on consultation and agreement. This is exactly what we need.

I could not disagree with you more when you say “non-statutory, self-regulation” is the only option. I believe precisely the reverse is the case. The press has been given seven ‘last chances’ in 70 years to put its house in order and without fail has returned to abusive, corrupt and unacceptable conduct.

You will recall, I hope, that I too am a journalist and real ‘freedom of the press’ is something I value highly – but with freedom comes responsibility. It is preposterous, as you seem to suggest, that there should be no rules and all journalists must be trusted without question!

I regret that in your speech I found you pompous, apparently completely detached from the reality of most people’s day to day lives and, most of all, out of touch. You appear to be a caricature of an MP from an age that is long, long past..

The press barons, owners and editors, are flexing their muscles, saturating our country with propaganda which blatantly misleads about the urgent necessity for independent regulation. Their furious disinformation, trying to frighten and intimidate with nonsensical allegations about state control of the press is the dishonesty and manipulation of Fleet Street exemplified.

Independent regulation, backed by statute, is essential. As proposed it will enshrine a newspaper industry as independent from the state. It is a necessary and progressive move in support of freedom and liberty and against the corruption and vested interests of the media megalomaniacs.

I reject entirely your position on this vital issue.

Peter Reynolds

Written by Peter Reynolds

December 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Posted in Politics, The Media

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  1. I can see your point Peter but what good is a muzzled press.The internet will not allow press regulation because if I know something then I can say it just as you can on this blog.To see the unrepentant gerry mcann (who left his child alone to go drinking making himself and his wife very rich in the process) criticising david cameron(who at least took his daughter to the pub with him despite forgetting to bring her home) is nauseating

    Maharg Smith

    December 4, 2012 at 12:20 am

    • I don’t see it as muzzling the press at all. It just means that if they act irresponsibly or publish “inaccurate, misleading or distorted information” they will face meaningful sanctions.

      Peter Reynolds

      December 4, 2012 at 9:38 am

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