UK Liberty

A thoughtful article on discouraging dissent

Posted in accountability, freedom of speech by ukliberty on November 12, 2007

Another thoughtful article by Tony Collins at Computer Weekly, this time about the Government discouraging dissenting viewpoints.

It shows that it isn’t just legislation that makes a difference:

The Department of Health has the right to fire off as many complaints as its officials want to write; and the BBC and other broadcasters are big enough to defend themselves.

But as media organisations try to do more with fewer staff, time becomes more of a consideration when deciding what subjects to cover. If reporting the NPfIT means factoring in time to respond to woolly or argumentative complaints from Whitehall, producers and journalists may be less inclined to cover the NPfIT – unless they decide to report on it from a wholly positive perspective. Which is what the Department of Health wants.

There are more subtle actions than legislation that can also have a chilling effect on speech.


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