Friday, 20 February 2015

“Press TV” – Tim Veater

“Press TV”
What’s that famous saying by Voltaire that’s supposed to demonstrate the
difference between our “free and democratic” form of society and repressive
totalitarian ones? “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to
the death your right to say it.” Ah yes that’s it!
In contrast to the Government’s stance that the population is not qualified to
learn whether what its leaders said in private, accorded with what was said in
public, we learn they took the view that no individual was exempt from
government’s right to snoop on them. What is good for the goose is clearly not
applicable to the gander is it?.
To add to numerous examples of deception and whitewash on the part of American
and British Governments and the continued pursuit and demonisation of those who
have revealed the truth, not to mention a multitude of examples where free
speech has been stamped on, the removal of the “Press TV” licence to broadcast
in the UK can be added.
The culture of tolerance, fairness and civilised behaviour, for which the
British State and people were recognised, won by heroic effort over generations,
is gradually being whittled away from without and within, and no-one seems able
to stop it. “Freedom” so often touted to excuse despicable acts of violence, is
not lost by one honest blow but by a thousand camouflaged cuts. We awake to find
ourselves in a very different kind of country.
We need different viewpoints to the world situation and the intelligence to
weigh them objectively to come to an opinion as to what is true and what isn’t.
“Press TV” may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but preventing us the public from
viewing it, is yet another indication as to our direction of travel.
“Iran’s Press TV loses UK licence
Ofcom revokes English-language channel’s licence for breaching the
Communications Act
Mark Sweney
theguardian.com, Friday 20 January 2012 13.09 GMT
“Press TV, the Iranian state broadcaster’s English-language outlet, has been
forced off the air in the UK after Ofcom revoked its licence for breaching the
Communications Act.
Ofcom found that Press TV’s practice of running its editorial oversight from
Tehran, Iran’s capital, is in breach of broadcasting licence rules in the UK.”

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