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The British Government Has Decided To Censor The Entire World’s Press And Media.

By Tim Worstall  19th March 2013.    Find Full Article Here:-

This isn’t what they think they’ve done, this is true. And it’s also not what they intended to do (or at least I hope they didn’t mean to do this) but it is still what they’ve done. They’ve passed a law which effectively censors the entire world’s media. And they’ve done this simply because they are ignorant of the very laws they’re trying to change. Which is, I think you’ll agree, a little disturbing, that politicians would casually negate press freedom just because they don’t know what they’re doing.

The background is simple enough: there have been enough scandals about what the British press has done for there to be a swell of opinion in favour of some form of regulation of said press. The problem is the particular restrictions that they’ve decided to bring in. Essentially, to be a news or current affairs publisher then you must be registered as such with some regulatory body. That this is a despicable idea goes without saying: it’s a reversal of the past three hundred years of liberty where we’ve been allowed to say or print whatever we damn well want to subject only to the laws of libel, incitement to immediate violence and pressing concerns of national security (and even that last was a voluntary matter). If there’s a complaint about something you’ve published then that regulatory body can get you to correct it, apologise, pay damages and so on. And of course we all worry that this will then morph into more direct control of the press.

However, bad as all that is it gets much worse. For our Lords and Masters don’t actually understand the system that they themselves are administering.

Here’s how they are going to make everyone sign up to be regulated by one of these regulators:

(2) A court determining publication proceedings brought against a non-regulated
news publisher shall (irrrespective of the outcome) award costs, on an indemnity
basis or otherwise, against the news publisher unless the court is satisfied that—
(a) the news publisher was unable to become regulated for reasons beyond
its control;
(b) it would have been unreasonable in the circumstances to expect the news
publisher to have become regulated;
(c) the issues raised by the proceedings could not have been resolved
satisfactorily in accordance with the procedures of any relevant
recognised regulator; or
(d) in all the circumstances, it is just to award costs to make a different award
of costs (or not to award costs).

The basis of the English legal system is that yes, of course, you can bring a case against anyone you like for whatever you want to allege. But the limit on people doing so is that if they lose said case then they’ve got to pay the legal costs of the defendant. This is how we prevent most (but sadly not all) frivolous cases from ever making it to court. You have to take a risk in bringing a case.

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