Posts Tagged “leveson inquiry”

Small-scale blogs to be excluded from post-Leveson media regulation

by Stephen Tall on April 20, 2013

A week ago I posed (and answered) the question, After Leveson: which blogs are to be regulated? Answer: no-one yet knows. Well, we do now know. The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) yesterday announced a ‘refinement’ of the Leveson legislation included within the Crime and Courts Bill. And it confirms that small-blogs are [...]

After Leveson: which blogs are to be regulated? Answer: no-one yet knows.

by Stephen Tall on April 13, 2013

I was one of those invited to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) this week for what was termed a ‘Small scale blogger stakeholder discussion’. A quick reprise of why: As I posted here three weeks ago, concerns about the legislation are widespread and include both those who are pro-Leveson and anti-Leveson. Civil [...]

Government pauses on web regulation to ponder question, “What is a small-scale blog?”

by Stephen Tall on March 26, 2013

A follow-up to my weekend post, Bloggers unite to oppose “botched late-night drafting” that proposes new press/web regulation, highlighting the concerns of many — including the Hacked Off campaign group — that politicians’ hasty law-making had resulted in legislative over-reach. In the House of Lords last night, the Government accepted an amendment that will exclude [...]

Bloggers unite to oppose “botched late-night drafting” that proposes new press/web regulation

by Stephen Tall on March 24, 2013

I’m one of 17 signatories (on behalf of LibDemVoice) to a letter published in Saturday’s Guardian, reproduced below, which opposes the “fundamental threat” of the draft legislation approved this week by MPs of all parties which would regulate blogs and other small independent news websites. It’s not often you’ll see us, ConservativeHome, LabourList, Guido Fawkes, [...]

Press regulation: freedom from intrusion vs freedom of expression

by Stephen Tall on March 22, 2013

First the (right-wing) Spectator. The the (left-wing) New Statesman. Now the (market liberal) Economist has joined the list of magazines saying that state-backed regulation of the press is something up with which they will not put. Here’s its conclusion: it (…)

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My view on blogs being regulated in 6 tweets

by Stephen Tall on March 21, 2013

So this blog regulation thing right… I am, for the record, opposed to state-backed regulation of free speech, whether of press or blogs> — Stephen Tall (@stephentall) March 21, 2013 >I can’t tho see the logical argument for exempting multi-author (…)

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So, here’s how I’m making my small protest against the Lib Dems’ recent illiberalism

by Stephen Tall on March 18, 2013

So, as I may have mentioned, I’m not a fan of liberals acting casual when it comes to freedoms. These might be the freedoms of those the state has illegally tortured to be able to get justice in fair legal (…)

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Nick Clegg’s Letter from the Leader: “Protecting individuals and press freedom”

by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2013

Nick Clegg’s latest email missive arrived in my email inbox this weekend. Two odd things about it… First, as Paul Walter and Jonathan Calder have already picked up: the absence of any mention of last weekend’s debate on ‘secret courts’. I understood why it wasn’t mentioned in his leader’s speech last weekend: he wanted to [...]

I’m a liberal and I’m against this sort of thing. Leveson-style press regulation, that is (as well as secret courts)

by Stephen Tall on March 17, 2013

I’ve got used to describing myself as “a liberal first, a Lib Dem second”. Most of the time the Venn diagram works out pretty well. But not the last couple of weeks. First, there was ‘secret courts’ and the decision by Nick Clegg, backed by most Lib Dem MPs (though not by party members), to [...]

Clegg statement on Leveson: our proposals pose no danger to press freedom, but will give assurance to victims

by Stephen Tall on March 16, 2013

Nick Clegg – who declared on Thursday his backing for a free and fair press – has now published a statement on how he’s approaching next week’s critical Commons vote on how the Leveson Report is taken forward: Next week MPs will have the chance to deliver the robust, independent self-regulation for the press that [...]



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