Let’s play – PRESS BARON BINGO!
Every time you hear one of the lies below, simply cross out the box. When you’ve got the lot, just comment below! Extra marks for getting them all from the same source – Roger Alton from The Times is off to a cracking start!
|The press weren’t consulted||The regulator will have the power to stop stories being published
|The Charter is a threat to the unfettered freedom of speech we have enjoyed for centuries
|It was all cobbled together over a pizza|
|The two thirds majority required to amend it isn’t a strong enough protection||The power to “direct” the form of apologies is just too much for any reasonable business to tolerate
|It sets a bad example to other countries||The Charter would be a fetter on basic human rights, including those enshrined in the European Convention|
|The Charter means politicians will be involved in regulation||A Royal Charter isn’t appropriate format AND These are statutory controls
(extra marks for both)
|This is all about a bunch of celebrities and MPs annoyed that their foibles and expenses scams have been exposed by brave journalists
|Everything that’s been complained about was illegal anyway – the law just needs to be properly applied|
|It’s the beginning of a slippery slope which will lead who knows where?||The “people” don’t want it and the foreign press are up in arms against it
|The old Press Complaints Commission wasn’t really that bad||No account has been taken of bloggers and small publishers|