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Leveson: EU wants power to sack journalists
The Telegraph ^

Posted on 01/22/2013 6:48:47 AM PST by cartan

A European Union report has urged tight press regulation and demanded that Brussels officials are given control of national media supervisors with new powers to enforce fines or the sacking of journalists.

The “high level” recommendations that will be used to draft future EU legislation also attack David Cameron for failing to automatically implement proposals by the Lord Justice Leveson inquiry for a state regulation of British press.

A "high level" EU panel, that includes Latvia’s former president and a former German justice minister, was ordered by Neelie Kroes, European Commission vice-president, last year to report on "media freedom and pluralism". It has concluded that it is time to introduce new rules to rein in the press.

“All EU countries should have independent media councils,” the report concluded.

“Media councils should have real enforcement powers, such as the imposition of fines, orders for printed or broadcast apologies, or removal of journalistic status.”

As well as setting up state regulators with draconian powers, the panel also recommended that the European Commission be placed in overall control in order to ensure that the new watchdogs do not breach EU laws.

“The national media councils should follow a set of European-wide standards and be monitored by the Commission to ensure that they comply with European values,” the report said.

The EU report praises Lord Justice Leveson’s controversial proposals and attacks politicians, including the Prime Minister, that have questioned state regulation of newspapers.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: eussr
Ve don’t need no “free press” in the EUSSR anymore…
1 posted on 01/22/2013 6:48:56 AM PST by cartan
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To: cartan

The lights are going out in Europe.

Again.


2 posted on 01/22/2013 6:53:49 AM PST by Uncle Miltie (Before we argue, are you approved to speak by the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Speech?)
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To: cartan

The politicians will tell you what they want you to know, and which boxcar to ride in.


3 posted on 01/22/2013 6:58:11 AM PST by chainsaw ("Two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by Obama")
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To: Uncle Miltie

The Europeans went big for socialism/fascism after being embroiled in a war to defeat national socialists and fascists.

Hope all of the “journalists” of the EU enjoy being fully under the thumbs of a “benevolent” dictatorship.

FUBO & FAD


4 posted on 01/22/2013 7:00:46 AM PST by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: Uncle Miltie
Why anyone is suprised by this I don't know. The more powerful is the state, the less free are the people. If you vote to live in a superstate, don't be surprised when one day you find every aspect of life controlled by it.

In America while the state does not directly control the media the media has voluntarily aligned with the state in order to pursue power. Or at least this is what appears to be going on from outside. Who knows what hand is inside the glove?

5 posted on 01/22/2013 7:06:35 AM PST by jboot (This isn't your father's America. Stay safe and keep your powder dry.)
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To: jboot
Our liberal press is doing the work for the government. They are not what was intended by the 1st amendment....they are government propagandist..pure and simple.
6 posted on 01/22/2013 7:45:44 AM PST by ontap
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