Sunday, November 10, 2013

Will Britain impose a "license to publish"?

Does Brtiain need a First Amendment?  Kenan Malik argues what sounds like common sense in a New York Times piece here Sunday
The British government wants to force newspapers to join some kind of voluntary guild, and the government wants to use an arcane “legal instrument” called a “royal charter”, which sounds pretty much like a “license to publish”, a concept that sounded legitimate when the printing press was invented.  (I had discussed this in my 1998 “Our Fundamental Rights” booklet).

If this kind of thinking can affect established publications, what about amateur bloggers? 
All of this follows the “phone hacking” scandal, where Murdoch and others played NSA in reverse, proving that private interests can watch politicians and celebrities. 

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