December 2012

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Leveson Report: A Shot at Free Speech

In a new twist to the Leveson soap opera, victims of press intrusion have come together to urge the government to implement the Leveson inquiry recommendation for government legislated press and newspaper regulation.

According to Lord Justice Leveson’s recently published 2000 page report; there have been too many outrageous and intrusive counts of press behavior that have caused havoc on the lives of many innocent citizens.

According Leveson, the press’s inability in the past to self-regulate even a basic ethical guideline, should force the hand of the government to develop statuary measures to ensure a proper code of conduct can be established between the press and the people.

Deputy PM Nick Clegg and opposition Leader Ed Milliband have both aired their support for the proposals, but Prime minister Cameron has openly opposed the recommendations causing a serious split within his party and in parliament as a whole. Cameron’s defiance seems to be based on an appeal to the ideal of freedom of expression; whereby under the Human Rights Act, public bodies, like the government should be unable to interfere with the press's activity.

So creating any legislation that would interfere with the Press does somewhat justify his hostility. Furthermore,the suppression of the press is typically coupled with an abuse of the press; Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union are both prime historical examples and one only needs to look at modern day China, North Korea and Iran to see the types of governments that continue to regulate press.

Cameron seems to be caught between a rock and a hard place. Does he support a violation of his own ideology, an ideology based on the foundations of humanitarianism and democracy? Or succumb to the will of the people he was democratically put in place to represent?

In this respect Cameron’s rejection of regulation might seem quite refreshing, demonstrating a strong ideological statement that; the government and press must always be separated. However the call and damage of the victims, the citizens that Cameron represents is loud, strong and difficult to ignore.

The BBC reports of the power of the press in respect of Gerry McCann, the father of Madeline McCann who went missing in Portugal in 2007. The suggestion of the papers that he might be somewhat responsible for his daughter’s death caused him serious mental distress and anguish. Similarly Christopher Jeffries, the Bristol resident who was wrongly arrested for the murder of his neighbor Joanna Yeates has spoken out about the vilifying effect the media bestowed on him, causing him to live in fear for some time.

Cameron seems to be caught between a rock and a hard place. Does he support a violation of his own ideology, an ideology based on the foundations of humanitarianism and democracy? Or succumb to the will of the people he was democratically put in place to represent?

Well this all depends on whether you think that freedom of the press is really at stake? The new statutory measures that would be put in place, in spite of Cameron’s trepidation, don’t necessarily have to be an infringement of the freedom of the press.

Leveson’s proposals specifically state the government cannot regulate the press, and instead that the government should validate the independence and effectiveness of a new self-regulating body. This would mean that whilst a new body would be backed by the government through legislation, the government themselves would be unable to interfere with the press directly. In essence, Leveson could be seen to be enforcing an explicit separation that does not technically exist yet.

This would complement the human rights act, and put in place a genuinely powerful body that could effectively regulate the press, without governmental interference. It would also be the first time that freedom of the press and specifically the freedom newspaper publishers would be recognized by the government.

I would be surprised if Cameron doesn’t back down. Whilst part of his job as PM is to be vigilant to the needs of his people, under closer inspection; the people of Britain will feel more empowered with a serious organization that can protect the citizen’s right against press intrusion. And, given that most newspaper publishers have agreed that Leveson’s measures are reasonable, it surely seems like a win-win situation.

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TV media and newspapers will never tell you that an Israeli firm had placed the explosives that brought down the 3 buildings in NY on 9/11. ICTS was the only security firm in charge for the twin towers and building 7 (most people still do not know about this building that fell without being hit by any plane or other). ICTS was also the security company in charge for all airports that had allowed the highjack planes on 9/11 to depart. The work force of ICTS was the only one people to have access at night inside the 3 buildings and to allow Israeli agents to place those explosives inconspicuously before 9/11. Israeli agents were in fact arrested nearby on 9/11 transporting large amount of explosives in a white van (Chevrolet 2000) but they were later released by the Bush administration. Not as a coincidence, the same day, on 9/11 2001, and at the same time a CIA operation called Able Danger, was reproducing a military exercise that was supposed to mimic an attack by few planes crashing on buildings. Now our thought goes to George W. Bush, son of a former head of CIA, George H. Bush, who still holds the line in that agency. But all this was never reported by the media, in the hands of Zionists. The future of the World depends on what we make of 9/11. http://www.wavevolution.org/en/index.html

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