Prole Porn, the Press and the Judges

I have a post at Standpoint in which I argue that the gruesome reporting of the Baby P case is a result of the judiciary so censoring the media that we cannot cover ever-so-slightly more elevated concerns.

You might say that newspapers should be concentrating on investigative journalism, but the judiciary’s failure to reform our authoritarian libel laws in the face of international protest is making the uncovering of wrong doing ever harder. As I have argued here and here cash-strapped media organisations cannot take the risk of a fighting a frighteningly expensive libel action in front of a hostile judge.

Many judges assume that if we were to have freedom of speech in England our culture would become ever more debased. They see themselves as sophisticated men of taste and breeding who are holding the line against a depraved media. In reality, their eagerness to censor and unwillingness to and nurture the liberal values of an open society, are pushing standards ever lower.

Go read the whole thing

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