Media Standards Ordinance

St Helena’s press law a step too far for Britain?

British politicians are divided over whether to bring in tough press controls similar to those on St Helena. The prime minister, David Cameron, said enforcing standards by law could end three centuries of press freedom. But the leaders of the other two main parties want the government to pass a new law to protect people from abusive reporting. …

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St Helena approves law that top judge warned against

A law that could see journalists sent to prison for what they write or broadcast has been given final approval by St Helena’s British governor and its executive council. It comes a year after Britain’s most senior judge warned that legal or government influence over the media’s work would be a threat to basic freedoms. The Daily Telegraph said: …

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