Information Wants to be… Regulated?

The post-Leveson fall out continues and, for once, I find myself closer to agreeing with the Conservative side of the house than the opposition. The Tories favour renewed commitment to existing law. Labour and Lib Dems favour new press regulations.

If a set of new press regulations are brought in, however, they will simply enforce laws that are already there. However, they will also enable UK press regulators to treat any online publication as “The Press” – including blogs and Tweets.

This has some quite drastic implications for freedom of speech in online media. It’s a somewhat unexpected side-effect of the Leveson enquiry too – which concentrated exclusively on corruption in printed journalism.

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