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BSA enemies of free speech

  • December 11th, 2007

Every few months the Broadcasting ‘Standards Authority  comes out with decisions to remind us of the danger they represent to our freedom of speech. A twice convicted drunk driver was “humiliated” by being filmed as she left court, and running away from the camera, then named.

So? In more civilized times the main sanction discouraging offending was shame.

More importantly, if humiliation is now verboten, how would any of the great campaigns of the enlightenment have got off the ground. An indispensable weapon of those who fought for freedom of speech was mockery, and exposure of hypocrisy and ignorance, indeed humiliation.

This body’s powers must be cut, urgently.


  • MikeE
  • December 11th, 2007
  • 12:27 pm

Not cut… gutted.

There is no role for a BSA in a free country. None at all.

Whose standards do they claim to represent? yours? mine? the person across the street… etc

  • sfranks
  • December 14th, 2007
  • 9:09 am

Steven Price is equivocal on this on his blog

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