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Having trawled through this, I'm not seeing anything worth getting over-excited about. The most controversial proposal is a call for self-regulation, which is hardly a major legal imposition, and 'clarification of the legal status' of blogs.

I'm not sure how the legal status can be clarified. The law seems clear enough in cases of libel or defamation, and it's not as if tradmedia have a particularly clear legal position.

The rest of the document is some rather limp and half-hearted discussion of tradmed plurality, with a view towards going forward etc etc towards guaranteeing standards and a vague sense of unease that perhaps too many media barons might not be an entirely good thing.

Maybe Brussels can turn this lettuce leaf document into a fierce protection of media consumer rights. Somehow I doubt it.

In the meantime we seem to be safe from 3am visits from the State Blog Police - so I think we can relax for now.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 at 04:15:09 PM EST
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we seem to be safe from 3am visits from the State Blog Police

I'm sure Phony Tony's got you on some terrorist watch-list somewhere in the bowels of MI5.  You just don't know it yet.

This MEP is very condescending towards blogs, but that's par for the course in Serious journalism nowadays.  Joke Line will undoubtedly be knocking down our door any day now.

Doesn't seem to be a terribly worrying thing to me.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Thu Jun 26th, 2008 at 10:19:43 PM EST
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