Saturday, October 16, 2010

ZenTiger December 2012

December 2012 could be the end of the world as we know it. No, not the Mayan calendar thing, I'm speaking of Simon Power's musing on internet regulation. Apparently, free speech interferes with democracy. Who would have thought? So the Law Commission is going to see how they can muzzle html pamphleteers. We get to send in a hand written response to this from December 2012. I'm making a note in my diary.
“It’s a bit of a Wild West out there in cyberspace at the moment, because bloggers and online publishers are not subject to any form of regulation or professional or ethical standards.

"Issues I’m concerned about include how trials can be prejudiced by information posted on websites and seen by jurors, real-time online streaming of court cases, breaches of court suppression orders, and re-publication of a libel.

“Because of the enormous scope of this whole issue, the terms of reference for the review have been tightly defined.”

It will focus on whether either of the two existing industry watchdogs – the Broadcasting Standards Authority and the Press Council - could provide a suitable vehicle for regulating unregulated forms of new media.

The review will deal with the following matters:

• How to define ‘news media’ for the purposes of the law.
• Whether and to what extent the jurisdiction of the Broadcasting Standards Authority and/or the Press Council should be extended to cover currently unregulated news media, and if so what legislative changes would be required to achieve this.
• Whether existing criminal and civil remedies for wrongs such as defamation, harassment, breach of confidence, and privacy are effective in the new media environment, and if not whether alternative remedies are available.

Mr Power says the Law Commission is the best vehicle to undertake the review because it reviewed the related matter of suppression laws, which the Government tightened last week.

The review will be led by Law Commissioner Professor John Burrows QC and senior research and policy adviser Cate Honore Brett.

Mr Power says the public will have the opportunity to have their say when the commission releases an issues paper by December next year.

Link: It's not suppression, it's protecting democracy

Hat tip: Not PC - Some sort of blogging round-up

1 comment(s):

I.M Fletcher said...

Could be bad also, if the FCC in America get their hands on the internet come November 30.

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