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Don’t point the Leveson bazooka at bloggers

Posted on Mar 22nd by Harry in Uncategorized

Leveson regulation has gone off the rails so, along with other ORG members, I’ve written to my local MP and to the three party leads on this (the PM, Harriet H and Nick Clegg):

Leveson sought to tackle the problem of overweening big news publishers acting in an unlawful and unethical way, especially when they bullied individuals.

But now you’re proposing regulations that capture websites and multiauthor blogs (such as Ive operated for years). This is daft. I’m not the Daily Mail or The Sun, and the blogs I read are insightful, orignal and of course subject to the law of the land (libel etc).

So for heavens sake point the Leveson bazooka where it was rightly intended, and leave us bloggers out of it.

This looks a classic case of legislate in haste, repent at leisure #DEAct etcUPDATE: The PM’s office replies:

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