Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Our proposed Bill of Rights will bring powers back under UK jurisdiction and protect a free press

Pleased that Sajid Javid, Culture + Media Secretary, has set out details of our proposed Bill of Rights. I do not always agree with the press but I do accept and promote its desire and need to hold elected politicians to account.
Details here:
Sajid set his thoughts out in detail here:
“The press exists not to pander to the powerful, but to hold them to account. And that applies whether they are Prime Ministers, business leaders, police officers or, yes, Secretaries of State for Culture, Media and Sport. Do I have days where I don’t agree with what I read in the newspapers? Of course. Have there been times when I’ve looked at the headlines and despaired at the way you’re treating my friends, colleagues and predecessors? Plenty. But should I be allowed to interfere and dictate what it is you should be saying? Never. As George Orwell said, “freedom of the press, if it means anything at all, means the freedom to criticise and oppose.” It’s one of the fundamental liberties on which modern Britain was built. There is no point in saying “I believe in freedom of the press, but…” Either you believe in it, or you don’t. It’s an absolute. A zero sum concept.”