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EDITORIAL

Editorial comment from Matthew SteeplesOur editor tells it like it is and he rarely minces his words

Save The Free Press

The Sunday Times’ Sarah Baxter tells the British public they have two days to save press freedom whilst Meryl Streep urges the press to take on Donald Trump in America

 

The world is in flux and unsurprisingly our press is in turmoil too. With Donald Trump attacking the media at a whim on Twitter and, in Britain, this Tuesday, the government’s consultation on the regulation of newspapers due to end, the likelihood is that an organisation funded by the son of two fascists – the black-shirted leader of the British Union of Fascists Oswald Mosley and his Hitler sympathising wife Diana Mitford – will take control of regulating our newspapers.

 

Yesterday, in The Sunday Times, deputy editor Sarah Baxter penned an impassioned column titled: “You have two days to help save press freedom from ghosts in black shirts”. She went further than most in condemning Max Mosley – who has guaranteed £3.8 million in funding through the Alexander Mosley Charitable Trust to allow the creation of IMPRESS, a body that boldly describes itself as “blazing a trail for a fairer, better kind of press regulation” – as “unsavoury” and the funder of a “crackpot organisation”.

 

Save The Free Press – The Sunday Times’ Sarah Baxter tells the British public they have two days to save press freedom whilst Meryl Streep urges the press to take on Donald Trump in America
Max Mosley
Save The Free Press – The Sunday Times’ Sarah Baxter tells the British public they have two days to save press freedom whilst Meryl Streep urges the press to take on Donald Trump in America
Max Mosley’s parents: Diana Mitford and Sir Oswald Mosley

 

In urging readers to sign a letter to the government supporting the ability of the press to remain free, Baxter rightly illustrated how Oswald Mosley himself wanted to silence the press in the 1930s and how “the criminal activities of the likes of the gangland boss David Hunt would never have come to light” if IMPRESS were to be the British media’s approved regulators.

 

IMPRESS, essentially, is a press regulator that came about, just like Donald Trump’s administration, because of anger. Max Mosley’s motivation is that he was furious at having suffered press intrusion over coverage of an S&M orgy he took part in appearing in the News of the World and he is backed by bleating “celebrities” such as Hugh Grant – who quite happily seeks out publicity when he’s got a film out, but wants to do whatever he wants the rest of the time. It’s a kneejerk reaction backed by angry, rich men and it is, as Baxter rightly concludes, an organisation that will be run by “self-appointed opponents of the press”. IMPRESS is not about the public good and we at The Steeple Times urge readers to vehemently oppose it.

 

Later in the day, at the Golden Globes in Los Angeles, Meryl Streep took up a similar mantle when she spoke after receiving a lifetime achievement award. She used her speech, in part, to state:

 

“We need the principled press to hold power to account… [We need the] famously well-heeled Hollywood Foreign Press [to support the Committee to Protect Journalists]… We’re going to need them and they’ll need us to safeguard the truth”.

 

Ms Streep’s words could as equally apply in Britain. In this, the age of unrest and the age of the decline of reason, we need a strong and independent media that is capable of exposing the ludicrous and the corrupt. IMPRESS, simply put, will never have this as its priority and thus, it’s a body that does not deserve to exist.

 

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Comments

3 comments on “Save The Free Press”

  1. A New Year and in 2017 yet again Steeples Times fails to prioritise the important matter of dear Gerry and Kate McCann’s beloved daughter Madeleine’s kidnapping. These evil journalist pigs did nothing to help FIND MADELEINE and they need regulating and closing down. Do the right thing and support FIND MADELEINE, FIND HER NOW. REGULATE THE PRESS. IT MUST BE DONE. Well done Max Mosley.

    1. Are those the possible two liars who gave evidence at the inquiry and appear to have lied freely. Public opinion seems to state that Madeleine Mcann died in 5a .and her body was later transported in their hired car or so the sniffer dogs tell us. The reaction of the parents is best described as gross. The so called spokes person Clarence got it wrong too because the shutters were never jemmied. To be honest Pam you need to take a long walk down a very short pier. Hopefully Grange will show us some truth because I trust Nicola Wall. Goncalo will win his case finally and publish his next damning book. We feel there will be justice for Madeleine and as sure as hell you won’t like it. There won’t be a get out of jail fast key from Portugal, and neither from the Fraud Squad in the UK.

  2. In principle, I support ” a strong and independent media that is capable of exposing the ludicrous and the corrupt.” I’m sure we all remember that farcical gagging order involving a paddling pool, a titleless hypocrite, and some olive oil. Sad, sad situation which ended up getting more and more absurd.

    However, that wasn’t what happened in Max Mosley’s case. It was originally printed that he had taken part in a sick orgy which had a Nazi theme as its focus. In fact, there was no Nazism involved and the story amounted to little more than a sad old man getting some admittedly bizarre pleasure out of being smacked and paddled.

    The Nazi allegation, however, turned out to be very damaging to Mosley – who had spent his career trying to distance himself from the stigma of his parents’ associations. He was fortunate in that he had the money to sue the News of the World. But even though he won his case, he admitted that his lawyers’ fees eclipsed the amount awarded by the court by about £30,000.

    Obviously, this is an impossible amount of money for the average person to afford if they happen to have something untrue and damaging printed about them. In part, that’s why Mosley started his campaign.

    He might perhaps go a bit too far in what he’s campaigning for, but I suppose his motive is understandable. I would just say that there needs to be a balance where the press is concerned.

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