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Free Press Vs Responsible Press


Six men arrested by police investigating an alleged plot to attack the Pope during his visit to the UK have all been released without charge, according to a statement from Scotland Yard. The men were said to be street cleaners working in London.

Armed security officers arrested five men at their company’s Chiltern Street depot in London as they prepared to go on shift. A sixth man was arrested later in the day.

Police went on to search eight homes in north and east London and two business premises in central London, including a street cleaning depot. Searches of the premises were completed and had not revealed any weapons or bomb related materials.

So much is written about press freedom (or the lack of it) here in the developing world by western commentators. It seems to me however that it is careless and irresponsible banner headlines like the one from the Express above that remind us that press freedom should never mean a licence to incitement and nor should it give the press powers to act as judge, jury and executioner. Most of all it should never be taken for granted.

2 Comments

  1. I don’t believe anything I see in the papers and I stopped reading them years ago. It seems that they can write what they like and get away with it because of the power that they wield. In an age of 24 hr, live news from other more reliable media sources the newspaper is only good for yesterday’s news, gossip and tittle-tattle.

    There has to be better uses for wood resources.

  2. You are spot on, Jacklyne here is an “apology” from the New of the World after their vicious attack on a woman who they alleged was having an affair with Chelsea’s John Terry.

    “ON January 31 and afterwards we published some personal information about Vanessa Perroncel in articles concerning an alleged affair with the footballer John Terry.
    Miss Perroncel has since informed us that she would have preferred her personal information to remain private and it was untrue in any case.
    We apologise to Miss Perroncel for any distress caused. (News of the World)

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