Posts Tagged “press freedom”

My conference debut video: Sticking up for press freedom, ‘Save Our Sources’

by Stephen Tall on October 8, 2014

As mentioned here, I broke my conference duck in Glasgow and spoke in a debate from the platform. The party has, and kudos to them, posted all speeches to YouTube and you can watch my four-minute, first-time effort here.

Today I did 2 things I’d not done before at Lib Dem conference

by Stephen Tall on October 5, 2014

And those two things are related. Evan Harris, former Lib Dem MP and Hacked Off campaigner, got in touch last night to ask if I’d support his amendment to today’s ‘Doing what works to cut crime’ policy motion, ensuring the (…)

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Victoria Coren nails us all bang to rights: “Freedom is the most important thing of all”

by Stephen Tall on August 4, 2013

Occasionally a column comes along and chimes with a lot of what you’ve been thinking. All at once. I’ve had that experience today with Victoria Coren’s Observer column. Vicky Pryce and the high cost of being unlikable Vicky Pryce has (…)

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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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Shami: statutory underpinning of press regulation is “political control by the back door”

by Stephen Tall on December 2, 2012

Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty, is always worth listening to. A member of the Leveson Inquiry team, she has backed much of the Leveson Report — BUT not the crucial element: statutory underpinning. Here’s The Independent today: …[this is] a (…)

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Liberal Heroes of the Week #23: John Kampfner, Nick Cohen & Fraser Nelson

by Stephen Tall on November 30, 2012

Welcome to the 23rd in our series, Liberal Hero of the Week, chosen by Stephen Tall, Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and Research Associate at CentreForum. ’Liberal Heroes’ showcases those who promote the four liberal tenets identified in The Orange Book — economic, personal, political and social liberalism — highlighting individuals regardless of party affiliation and from [...]



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