Prime Minister David Cameron, his Deputy Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg and leader of HM opposition Ed Miliband, who seldom agree on any thing, agreed to regulate the press opining the door for tyranny of the state to control the freest and best press in the world. The step is most welcomed by Arab dictators and despotic regime to emulate in more exaggerated forms to silence their critics. Arab and Third world dictators as well as authoritarian and fascist Islamists regimes are delighted with our politicians’ attack on press freedom. They love it as the media they control are spinning how Britain, cited by demonstrators risking their lives for freedom and justice as mother of parliamentarian democracy, is today turning the mother of parliaments into a tool to censor, control and muzzle the press.
Only three hours before the motion to debate a Press Royal Charter I was interviewed on the telephone by BBC Arabic service radio. The interview was preceded by an audio- report prepared by an Arabic reporter. The terms included in his report ( which I am almost certain a translation of a text cleared by a BBC controller) sent a chill down my spine.
Terms describing the new proposed press regulator, the code, the penalties and directions. Some of the terms were : “ a new press-censorship board’’; “ punitive measures against media enforced by new laws” ; “ a very wide acceptance [for need to censor the press] across the political spectrum” ; “ journalists and their employers will be subjected to severe punishment like hefty fines and forced to print front page apology”.
The Sun (out of all national papers) was singled out for examples of worst offenses including an accusation of hacking a phone stolen from an MP (in a tone of voice and hints that the paper’s journalists are likely to be implicated).
Since the BBC Arabic, contrary to what the advertise themselves to be or promote their message, are seeing themselves in direct competition with AlJazeerah, owned and heavily financed by the Sheikh of Qatar to promote anti-western Arab nationalism ( the type promoted by Colonel Nasser, Saddam Hussein and Colonel Gaddafi) and agenda of Muslim Brothers ( the grand-daddy of al-Qaeda and other Islamist terror groups) one can see why the BBC Arabic reporter was using terms favoured by Arab tyrants.
The BBC report of course will be used by Arab dictators and fascist regimes in the Muslim words to justify further attacks on press freedom and to muzzle the press, pointing at British new ‘ press censorship body by Royal Charter’ as an example to follow.