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Peter Reynolds

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‘Skunk’ Drives Tabloids And Politicians Mad.

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Tom Chivers, Ian Dunt and Jonathan Liebling expose the dreadful reporting of the latest cannabis harms study from the husband and wife team of Professor Sir Robin Murray and Dr Marta Di Forti.

The British tabloid press has long been engaged in the corruption of our society and successive governments’ ability to deal with drugs policy by its sensationalism, distortion and dishonesty.

In fact the worst offender now is the Daily Telegraph, a tabloid in everything except format. It now eclipses the Mail newspapers for inaccurate, misleading and distorted reporting on all aspects of drugs policy. Its science and medicine writers are either deliberately engaged in deception or utterly incompetent. Virtually every story it publishes on drugs these days has to be retracted but you never hear about it because it’s buried in a tiny, tiny correction.

Here’s what happened to its ridiculous claim recently “cannabis as addictive as heroin”

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The Mail newspapers can’t resist the stories about the miraculous medicinal benefits of cannabis because they make such good sensationalism. So although they still publish hogwash, like this latest distortion, they’ve actually become more balanced almost by mistake.

Why is the British press so incompetent and/or malevolent on drugs? Is it anything to do with the £800 million pa that the alcohol industry spends on press advertising? I don’t know. Maybe it just likes to appeal to the fast dwindling band of bigots that actually buy newspapers these days.

We are a laughing stock across the world for the idiocy of our press and government, particularly in respect of cannabis. In Canada and Israel, hospitals provide elderly patients with cannabis vapourisers on trollies, so strong is the evidence for its beneficial effects on aging and dementia. Here of course we prefer to let them lie in their own excreta while feeding them with scaremongering nonsense, distortion and exaggeration of scientific studies.

Sugar, peanuts, hay fever remedies, aspirin, paracetamol and traffic fumes cause far more health harms than cannabis.

In Colorado, in 2014, $44 million in cannabis tax revenue was ringfenced for schools and hospitals. Since legalisation, crime and fatal traffic accidents are down 15%, murder is down 50%.

Far too sensible for Britain isn’t it? And it’s the work of our gutter press that prevents such progress here because politicians still give newspapers far too much respect.

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I Stand With Nigella and Against The Disgusting Fleet Street Mafia And Oppressive British Police.

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Nothing better demonstrates the venal, self-serving and foul behaviour of British newspaper editors than the abuse of Nigella.

Their corrupt, dishonest perversion of journalism and their subversion of the Leveson Inquiry is proven beyond any doubt.

Parliament established a judicial inquiry to investigate the culture and practices of the newspaper industry.  It was found to be engaged in criminal and reprehensible behaviour at every level.  Yet now,  it has used its power to undermine our democratic process and return to the sort of conduct that all decent people find unacceptable.

The slimeballs at Scotland Yard also show their true colours, nothing to do with the law or justice, in a knee jerk response to the shrieking, baying mob of the Fleet Street mafia.

It is not against any UK law to use any drug except opium. You have to prove possession, supply, production or importation. There is no reasonable prospect of any charges against Nigella getting past the most junior court clerk.  That senior police sources should even hint at such a course calls for charges of misconduct in public office.  This is abuse by police officers when what they are supposed to do is protect.

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December 22, 2013 at 12:23 pm

All Over The World The Media Are Self-Serving, Out of Control Renegades

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‘Freedom of the press’ has nothing to do with the crass and irresponsible behaviour of two scumbag Australian DJs.  Nor is it anything to with the Daily Mail’s intrusive and tasteless 20 page feature on the 12 week pregnancy of the Duchess of Cambridge.  Nor has it anything to do with the Independent’s publication of false science and sensationalism about cannabis and exploitation of those with mental illness.

These are the self-serving calculations of an out of control media that has politicians in its pocket or terrified to confront its immoral and disgraceful practices.

It seems they can drive a woman to such international humilation that she takes her own life, a princess at high speed into the walls of a Paris tunnel or government policies in any direction they want based on their proprietor’s personal agenda.

They can break the law with impunity, bribing and blackmailing police to leave them alone.

Then, when their actions are challenged and they are called to account, they launch their well-oiled machine of deception, untruth and propaganda and try to seize the high moral ground as if they are protectors of freedom.  In fact, mostly, they are exactly the opposite.

We need an independent media that is required to report truthfully, to moral standards that are enforced by law.

Nothing else will do.  Dacre, Murdoch and their cronies cannot be trusted at all, anywhere.  First we need freedom from the press enforced, strictly, by an independent regulator free from the state by force of law.

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December 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

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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

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December 3, 2012 at 9:41 pm

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Hacked Off’s Leveson Petition Passes 100,000 Signatures

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hacked-off-logoCongratulations on this achievement. We need to go much further though.

This corrupt government has already reneged on its e-petition pledge and ignored many that have grown well past the 100,000 mark.

The people of Britain are stitched up every day by the oligarchy of Westminster, the press and the banks and we need to fight back. This is an excellent cause around which to unite.

The press barons are a self-serving, dishonest collection of owners and editors who manipulate their power and their contacts for personal political and financial gain. They and their sleazy hacks are entirely distinct from the noble profession of journalism.

At all costs we must resist any attempt to revert to ‘self-regulation’. The lunatics have been in charge of the asylum for too long.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE!

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December 2, 2012 at 8:54 pm

The Only ‘Freedom Of the Press’ That Fleet Street Wants Is The Freedom To Distort, Mislead And Exploit.

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Please sign the Hacked Off petition here calling for the Leveson report to be implemented in full.

Mr ‘Slippery’ Cameron vowed that unless the report was “bonkers” he would see it implemented in full.  Questioned by Andrew Marr in September as to whether that remained his position he said “Absolutely”.  Now he’s been got at by the press barons who are flexing their muscles, saturating our country with their propaganda which blatantly misleads about the urgent necessity for independent regulation.

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The Bitch

On seven occasions in 70 years the press has been given a ‘last chance’ to continue with self regulation. Every single time they have proved to be unfit to do so.  Are we going to allow these self-serving bullies off the hook yet again?

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The Bully

The furious misinformation and spin flooding our streets, 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.

 

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December 2, 2012 at 10:01 am

We Must Have Independent And Legally Binding Regulation Of the Press

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The Editors’ Code, a transparent complaints process and investigative powers all backed with the force of law is what we need.  The idea that this would be state control of the press is a fallacy but one that the newspaper barons, with their huge vested interests, massive resources and influence are pressing as hard as they can.

 ‘Don’t panic Mr Mainwaring but the sacred freedom of the press!’

They’re trying to stitch us up with scare stories.  Pretending that some great principle is being infringed.  Now, where have I heard that before?  Oh yes, the press.

Who’s to say that we don’t already have state control of the press?  In extremis, the government would step in and impose any rules it wished.  Then,  idiots like Fraser Nelson of The Spectator would be two a penny and they could rot in jail.

Real life is not in extremis.  It is in  state of constant compromise.  We need to establish rules by which the press and all media must abide.  Compassion, respect and accuracy should be our principles but the idea that newspaper editors should regulate themselves is codswallop.

Broadcasters are required to provide balance, the press is not.  That is a privilege that must be balanced by a responsibility

“not to publish inaccurate, misleading or distorted information”

These are the exact words of the existing Editors’ Code. All we need to do is give them the force of law.  If we can make the press take  responsibility it will be to the great benefit of society.

My Lord Leveson, I submit.

 

Written by Peter Reynolds

November 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm