Dear Members of the EJC and Human Rights & The Media
The time has come when Europe is once more suffering the consequences of a dark period in our history where the Golden Down, introduces a new dangerous form of politics that aterrorizes the population in Greece, showing very clear signs of revival of xenophobic times in the region. Some even say that we are watching the "Death of Democracy" and I hope we are not going to let it happen.
Surprisingly in Britain, where most of Europeans have looked for inspiration of humanistic developments, liberalism and the promotion of freedom,
where since Shakespeare we have learnt to reject the oppression of the government and with John Lennon we could IMAGINE a better world, today, the situation is changing. Within three monts from now the LEVESON INQUIRY is going to tell the government how to regulate the PRESS. Two days ago (10/26/2012) Lord Black warned: "Britain could have the toughest system of press-regulation in the free world in place within three months". However, the Leveson inquiry is going on since the last Murdoch scandal took place and since then British Media has been working under pressure.
During the Las Vegas scandal involving Prince Harry, even the British Royal family in total disregard to FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION, asked the Media not to publish the picture of the Prince, which were already widespread by the American Media and available all over the world on the w.w.w. Just the simple fact that such a presumption of right toregulate what cannot be regulated because it is universally recognized and guaranteed by the UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS: "Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declration of Human Rights".
The LEVESON INQUIRY represents a potential threat to the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. It is an affront to the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in Britain, in Europe and everywhere in the world because of the importance of Britain in the world's context. It is incredible that only a few people have opposed to accept the procedure and the consequences of this inquiry and the harm that new laws based on such developments can cause to the MEDIA and the PRESS in general. I publically endorse the opinion of Mr.Eric Pickles, British Communities secretary who said: "the government should be reluctant to introduce statutory regulation of newspapers", but I would go further to urge all journalists in Europe and all over the world to tell the British government that the British Media is not alone and we refuse to accept the whole of the LEVESON INQUIRY as it is against everything British journalists and journalists all over the world still fight to maintain: THE RIGHT TO EXPRESS OUR OPINION, TO CRITICIZE AND INFORM OUR READERS OF ANYTHING WE CONSIDER IT IS OF THE INTEREST OF THE PUBLIC TO BE PUBLISHED AND HAS BEEN OBTAINED IN A LEGAL MANNER.
On the other side of the world, in the Caribbean review, vol. 16, page 35, one can see how the Caribbeans thought about freedom of the press, already in 1988. Amid discussions on the exercise of such freedoms, the author wrote:
"The poor, the oppressed, expect that we make their cause advance thanks to the fredom of the press". The author of the above mentioned Caribbean review added:
"We of the press are but the thermometer of the social fever".
What does it say to modern Britain? That Britain is becoming less tollerant than the policies current in place in the former British colonies? British Media needs our support and if the reader (s) are not afraid to exercise freedom of expression, feel free to download the pamphlet I have placed here below and also uploaded as a picture here at the EJC, and email it or send it together with a letter to Hon. David Cameron in Britain. The address can be found in the picture and also here: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also copy and paste the text into your own letter :
In Attention to Rt Hon.David Cameron and the Tory Cabinet I ..........hereby appeal to your sense of justice and respect for the Press, and urge the British government/Parliament, not to bring up new laws to regulate the Media. With due respect, we don't need new laws to regulate the Press.
On the other hand, we need new laws to make sure that every Politician in Britain take at least one year classes on Human Rights issues and the observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights!
Send your letters of inquiries/petition to this email address:
email@example.com AsK the government to REJECT the Levenson inquiry as it iincompatible with the EU principles of freedom of expression and therefore it is dangerous for public security to impose restrictions to the Press. Sincerely,
sign or fill in your name
Sources: Caribbean review, vol. 16, page 35 http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml">http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/oct/26/lord-black-press-self-regulation
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