Friday, August 24, 2012

The King's new clothes

Yesterday I argued that it was absurd the British press was the only section of the world’s media prevented from showing the naked pictures of Prince Harry – so congratulations to The Sun for breaking ranks. 

The pictures themselves are beside the point. The issue is whether our newspapers – cowed and fearful in the face of the Leveson inquiry – should be able to do their job without fear or favour.

Sadly both fear and favour play their part in the shaping of tomorrow’s papers and always will.

But when the State tries to suppress information which is available to the rest of the world – and to anyone in this country with access to the internet – it is necessary for someone to expose the absurdity of the Government’s position.

It’s as if the King has got no clothes on after all.

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