(This is not satire – it’s the Mail!)
Incredibly, the Daily Mail – after years of railing against the use of court action to suppress freedom of the media – has decided to shut a blogger up by suing him.
The newspaper group doesn’t like the fact that the person behind @UnSteveDorkland , is using the spoof account of one of Northcliffe’s chief executives, Steve Auckland, to take the piss out of him. So they’re trying to stop him – by suing him.
That’s bad enough you might think.
But just wait till you hear what Paul Dacre, the DM’s editor-in-chief, has been saying about other people who try to use the courts to silence freedom of speech.
I hope you’ve got your highest factor anti-hypocrisy protection on – because if you’ve got any sense of fairness at all, this is going to set your pants on fire.
In his recent appearance at the Levenson inquiry, Mr Dacre eloquently spoke of the need for more self-regulation instead of more legal protection for members of the public who have been wronged by the media:
And as far back as 2008, Dacre gave another eloquent speech to the Society of Editors Conference, where he again thundered against the whole idea of courts and judges being used to silence the media:
So, that all seems clear enough, doesn’t it?
Dacre and the Mail Group are only interested in taking away the right of normal members of the public like you and me to use the courts to protect ourselves against things like hacking and defamation of character, but are happy themselves to sue the pants off anyone who might want to criticise them.
Man up Mr Dacre. You’re a hypocrite of the highest order.
I must admit I have a self interest here. Like @UnSteveDorkland I too use a pseudonym to protect myself against hassle by the people I criticise. But organisations like the Mail group must not be able to use their power and wealth to shut up unwanted criticism while at the same time giving themselves the right to criticise anyone they deem worthy of it.
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