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I've been chatting to Martin Robbins recently and I share his incredulity that the blogosphere isn't aflame with outrage over the plans to include blogs, either by conspiracy or cock-up, depending on who you believe, in the Leveson Royal Charter.

Here are four blogs posting about it:

http://blog.indexoncensorship.org/2013/04/12/blog-regulation-not-waving-but-drowning/
http://liberalconspiracy.org/2013/04/12/what-happened-when-the-dcms-met-some-bloggers/
http://www.mjrobbins.net/?p=518
http://talkaboutlocal.org.uk/leveson-implementation-consultation-meetings-on-smaller-bloggers/

Frankly I am unsurprised that Sunny Hundal is putting his faith in the DCMS to 1, do what it told him it would and 2, not cock up the implementation. Sunny, bless him, has always had a touching faith in people that drove me mental even in the days when I used to post at LC. What excuse does everybody else (other than Martin and Index on Censorship) have, though?

I admit, I have been internet-shy the last few days because of the furore over That Woman, but I would have thought I'd have at least heard a squeak from the Lib Dem blogosphere. Were any of you invited to these meetings? Or are we just waiting for the other shoe to drop before we build up a proper head of outrage here? I'm genuinely perplexed.

Date: Friday, April 12th, 2013 04:45 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I was at a DCMS meeting on Wed, haven't had time to blog it yet. But in brief, I think you're safe so long as only you blog. Those of us who are part of multi-author blogs, no-one's yet sure. A lot seems to turn on the definition of 'in the course of a business' (profit or non-profit) but the DCMS couldn't tell us what that meant.
As for why is the blogosphere not up in arms - well, cos hatred of the Mail is greater than belief in free speech (I accept this comment may contain traces of subjectivity).
Stephen Tall

Date: Friday, April 12th, 2013 05:28 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
So pretty much par for the course for modern British government, then...

Authoritarianism, it always seems to me, is little more than the ultimate revenge of the incompetent.

Date: Saturday, April 13th, 2013 07:13 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
From Paul Walter

I'm a lone blogger so I have no reason to be up in arms. And I'd be quite happy to donate regularly to LibDemVoice's hosting costs if it dropped its annoying ads, which would take it completely out of the scope of the whole sordid mess, but unfortunately that would have the unfortunate by-product of releasing Stephen Tall from the stake he has lashed himself to in preparation for self-immolation on this issue. (That last bit is written with a wink in a jokey manner, by the way ;-) )

Date: Friday, April 12th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
It was fairly obvious to me that any attempt to regulate the press would also ensnare bloggers unless it entirely excluded the web (and thus the websites of newspapers).

And frankly, any rule that affects the Daily Mail and not ConservativeHome seems as silly as regulating the light from candles but not light bulbs.

Date: Friday, April 12th, 2013 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenhwyfaer
I dunno. At least ConservativeHome doesn't pretend to be a newspaper.

Date: Friday, April 12th, 2013 06:51 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] andrewducker
It publishes news and comment. What more do you want?

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