BREAKING — FREE SPEECH WIN IN UK, THANKS TO TWITTER
A gag order preventing British newspapers from reporting parliamentary news was dropped this morning after a Twitter revolt. Critics said the ban trampled on precedent which established that the reporting of parliamentary proceedings is privileged. From the Evening Standard:
MPs were celebrating a victory for press and internet freedom today after one of Britain’s fiercest law firms abandoned a bid to gag the media from reporting Parliament.
From Sky News: “Twitter users quickly identified the question and posted so many comments that the firm mentioned [in Parliament] – oil trading company Trafigura – was pushed to the top of the site’s list of popular topics. Within hours of the gag being revealed, [libel law firm] Carter-Ruck dropped its claim that to report Parliament would be in contempt of court, according to The Guardian.
[Guardian] Editor Alan Rusbridger wrote online: “Thanks to Twitter/all tweeters for fantastic support over past 16 hours! Great victory for free speech.” …
Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg was among those tweeting about the row, commenting earlier: “Very interested concerned about this #trafigura / Guardian story the @LibDems are planning to take action on this.” …
Mr. Rusbridger had warned newspapers faced “a Kafkaesque world in which we cannot tell the public anything about information which is being suppressed, nor the proceedings which suppress it”.
Also: Twitter can’t be gagged. With Twitscoop video algorithm showing how #trafigura picked up momentum this morning.
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Recognizing Fox as an enemy worth fighting is an admission of weakness for a president whose appeal has been partly predicated on the promise of unity.
Glenn Beck, with his 3 million viewers, has been called a “cultural phenomenon.” You know what? So is Glee, a show with well more than twice that many viewers. Hysterical conservative hyperbole isn’t America. A showtune-singing multiracial gang of hopeful high-school losers, including a gay kid and a pregnant teen — that’s America.
FOX ON FOX: Network covers its war with the White House.
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‘MAD LIBS’ JOURNALISM: Take a look at a very different approach to citizen journalism. [Brooklyn Paper]
HYPERLOCAL: “Czech these out.” [Greenslade Blog]
THEY WILL SURVIVE: A TargetCast study says newspapers must change (sic). [Editors Weblog]
“Newspaper ads were still the most likely to grab the attention of the consumer, with more than 40 percent saying they pay more attention to print ads than other mediums.”