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This is not about Harry's Bum - Brian Cathcart « Inforrm's Blog

So there you have it. We spend a whole year discussing press ethics and then, for the sake of a peek at Prince Harry's bum, half the world seems ready to say that the editor of the Sun can make up his own ethics.

No, this is not about the freedom of the press. Nor is it about print versus internet. And it is not about the public's `right' to see pictures of Harry's bum either. It is about mob rule and the right of large newspaper corporations to do whatever they like. 

It is about mob rule because the Sun is claiming that it has the right to do something that is wrong on the grounds that other people (on the internet) are doing something wrong. That is what looters said after last summer's riots - `I thought it was OK to steal stuff because everybody else was stealing.' As the Sun itself pointed out last summer, that is no excuse for wrongdoing.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Fri Aug 24th, 2012 at 07:05:33 AM EST

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