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The Independent: Boris Johnson warns against 'sterilising, pasteurising and homogenising' Britain's media (25 NOVEMBER 2012)
Speaking in India to BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Johnson said: "I am a bit nervous we are heading in the opposite direction to many other countries in the world which are liberating their press and allowing free speech.

"I can tell you that compared with most other jurisdictions in the world, we have a political system that is largely free of financial corruption and bribery.

"I think it is very largely because we have a pretty uninhibited, vociferous and exuberant media that gets on and turns over all sorts of flat rocks.



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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 03:55:20 PM EST
Well it is noticeable that all the major figures who have come out to say the sky is falling have all been Columnists in major right wing newspapers.

One would hesitate to say it but there may be a conflict of interest

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun Nov 25th, 2012 at 07:06:47 PM EST
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This is not the best time to make comments like that about other countries liberating their presses in India.
When water started trickling down a statue of Jesus Christ at a Catholic church in Mumbai earlier this year, locals were quick to declare a miracle. Some began collecting the holy water and the Church of Our Lady of Velankanni began to promote it as a site of pilgrimage.

So when Sanal Edamaruku arrived and established that this was not holy water so much as holey plumbing, the backlash was severe. The renowned rationalist was accused of blasphemy, charged with offences that carry a three-year prison sentence and eventually, after receiving death threats, had to seek exile in Finland.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 01:49:11 AM EST
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"liberating their press"

well, I guess that all depends on what the meaning and context of liberating is

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 02:55:50 AM EST
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largely free of financial corruption and bribery

Doris pointedly didn't mention anything about political corruption and bribery.

For me, as horrified as I am about ordinary decent people being savaged by the press, the worst, most corrupt and morally repugnant aspect of the UK press in recent decades has been the Faustian bargain between the politicos and the press. Mostly, and most explicitly between Rupert and the Cons/Newlab/the Cons again.

Fortuitously this link is currently broken. Will it stay broken? What needs to be done to ensure that the remnants are eradicated root and branch, and that it never happens again?

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Mon Nov 26th, 2012 at 04:16:23 AM EST
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