18 November 2009

Big sister has her eye on our blogs

According to Ian Burrell of the The Independent:
Baroness Buscombe, the new chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, has ambitions for her organisation that go beyond the traditional newspaper companies.

She wants to examine the possibility that the PCC's role should be extended to cover the blogosphere, which is becoming an increasing source of breaking news and boasts some of the media's highest-profile commentators, such as the political bloggers Iain Dale and Guido Fawkes. . . .

She said that after a review of the governance structures of the PCC, she would want the organisation to "consider" whether it should seek to extend its remit to the blogosphere, a process that would involve discussion with the press industry, the public and bloggers . . .
I find that very disturbing, particularly as Baroness Buscombe is a Tory peer, so that kind of thinking might well be echoed by our next government.

1 comment:

Eamonn said...

Yet another potential attack on freedom of speech. I would have thought that the blogosphere was already regulated enough by our over-draconian laws of libel. See the recent Independent article on this by Yasmin Alabhai-Brown