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  • It bothers me how many stupid people there are in this country saying that regulation of the press is needed to stop infractions like the NotW phone hacking and other egregious violations of the law by the press.

    We already have laws that deal with those crimes, if we just apply them now we won't need to give up rights and a free press. But people are bloody stupid and can't see the hand in front of their face for all the misplaced outrage they have.

    Fark Leveson, I'm really starting to hope that Cameron is such good friends with Rebekah Brookes and Rupert Murdoch that he will ignore the calls to regulate the press. He'd be doing the right thing but for the wrong reason, and I can live with that.
  • I believe it's pronounced 'appened.
  • You know, not engaging in wide-spread, long-term, illegal behavior might have kept this sort of thing from happening. If you can't police yourself, someone else will do it eventually.
  • Superrad: You know, not engaging in wide-spread, long-term, illegal behavior might have kept this sort of thing from happening. If you can't police yourself, someone else will do it eventually.


    If their actions are illegal then why can't they be charged and dealt with under the existing laws that they broke? The police should be policing them, and the government should be more concerned with the fact that the police didn't, and indeed took bribes to look the other way or engage in even more criminal activities. Instead of focusing on that people are simply saying we shouldn't have a free press anymore. It's too asinine.
  • Wait, British Newspapers don't follow the US Bill of Rights??

    Damnit Obama
  • I've noticed in the news of late
    An alarming, even ominous, spate
    Of unnecessary duress
    On those in the press-
    Why threaten the Fourth Estate?
  • Has the UK ever even claimed they had a free and open press? I was under the impression that it just took a phone call from the palace to have stories held back. This is not my definition of a free and open press.
  • Slaxl: It bothers me how many stupid people there are in this country saying that regulation of the press is needed to stop infractions like the NotW phone hacking and other egregious violations of the law by the press.

    We already have laws that deal with those crimes, if we just apply them now we won't need to give up rights and a free press


    Yeah that seemed like the obvious path to me, and it's infinitely easier to manage than a press regulating agency.

    Beef up checks on corruption, beef up privacy rights.
  • If I remember correctly, the UK does NOT have freedom of the press as we understand it in the United States. As in freedom of speech, etc. Non-issue for those of us on this side of the pond. I'm more interested in the current press by those in the U.K. who have influence who are trying to GAIN freedom of speech and freedom of the press.
  • Slaxl [TotalFark]
    2012-12-12 12:12:23 PM

    It bothers me how many stupid people there are in this country saying that regulation of the press is needed to stop infractions like the NotW phone hacking and other egregious violations of the law by the press.

    We already have laws that deal with those crimes, if we just apply them now we won't need to give up rights and a free press. But people are bloody stupid and can't see the hand in front of their face for all the misplaced outrage they have.

    And Fools on both side of the political spectrum do it. The left wants to expand government control to ban / restrict what they hate, the neo-cons want to expand the government control to ban / restrict what they hate.

    When faced with the pains of freedom, men beg for their chains.
  • Slaxl

    If their actions are illegal then why can't they be charged and dealt with under the existing laws that they broke?
    Are you consistent? What's your stance on gun control?
  • Sounds like a right winger's wet dream. No wonder all news here seems to come from the Telegraph, the Fail and WND.
  • Hacker: Don't tell me about the press. I know exactly who reads the papers: the Daily Mirror is read by people who think they run the country; The Guardian is read by people who think they ought to run the country; The Times is read by people who actually do run the country; the Daily Mail is read by the wives of the people who run the country; the Financial Times is read by people who own the country; The Morning Star is read by people who think the country ought to be run by another country; and The Daily Telegraph is read by people who think it is.

    Sir Humphrey: Prime Minister, what about the people who read The Sun?

    Bernard: Sun readers don't care who runs the country, as long as she's got big t!ts.

    /Yes, Prime Minister
  • yah, cause fings break, don't ey?
  • what_now: Wait, British Newspapers don't follow the US Bill of Rights??

    Damnit Obama


    The United States didn't invent freedom of the press, dumb-ass.
  • Lotta nice tanks 'ere Colonel....
  • Publish and be damned.

    You published - now you're damned.
  • Insatiable Jesus:
    Sounds like a right winger's wet dream.

    Why do people always say this after a left wing politician pulls this crap? It happens so often, it's not even a left-winger's dream at all, it's just doing business as usual.
  • Dammit, Britain, 1984 was a farkin' warning, not a goddam instruction manual.....
  • Re, the UK and freedom of speech. They are a signatory to the European Convention on Human Rights and have incorporated most if not all of its provisions into their own legal system. Yes, Americans, other countries do indeed have freedom of speech, expression, etc. As far as freedom of the press, American media seem to be specialists in partisan propaganda rather than reportage in many cases.
  • What's going on here isn't any different than any other abuse of influence that politicians routinely commit.
  • Slaxl: It bothers me how many stupid people there are in this country saying that regulation of the press is needed to stop infractions like the NotW phone hacking and other egregious violations of the law by the press.

    We already have laws that deal with those crimes, if we just apply them now we won't need to give up rights and a free press. But people are bloody stupid and can't see the hand in front of their face for all the misplaced outrage they have.

    Fark Leveson, I'm really starting to hope that Cameron is such good friends with Rebekah Brookes and Rupert Murdoch that he will ignore the calls to regulate the press. He'd be doing the right thing but for the wrong reason, and I can live with that.


    We have the Bill of Rights and the first amendment. Britain does not. I don't see anything wrong with this story. Does anything about Britans laws guarantee freedom of the press? If not that what is the issue here?

    So let me ask you this. You said that you hope he will ignore calls to regulate the press and ignore the whole phone hacking things. Rupert Murdoch had his employees hacking into peoples private phones. If it were up to me he would be put to death.
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