Blogging and freedom of speech

   Lately, in my opinion there have been a lot of deletions of blogs and comments on this site.

   I quite often see that people get angry with each other and point finger at who they think is responsible for the

   It could be that the the said person is the culprit or it could be that there is another reason.

   I was wondering if the reason could lie elsewhere?

   Am sure that we all know about the press complaints commission. the body which regulates the print media. Well so far their remit was to only censor the news papers, and did not intervene in the cyber world.

Blogs being the medium of “robust debate”,and the PCC maintained that they had no jurisdiction over it.

I hear that the press complaints commission has upheld a complaint by a reader,about a blog by Rod Liddle written on the Spectator`s blog site. Where Mr Liddle blogged to say that “all knife crime was committed by Black young men”.

SO far it was considered that blogs by nature were meant for a robust debate, and one could say what one liked and the laws of libel and other journalistic limitation did not apply,like providing evidence of authenticity of your statement.
In other words one could vent one`s spleen on a blog site!

But in a ruling the press complaints commission has said:    

In concluding that the article was indeed in breach of Clause 1 (Accuracy) of the Editors’ Code of Practice, the PCC recognised the magazine’s argument that the nature of a blog post is often provocative and conducive to discussion.  It was certainly true in this case, for example, that a number of readers had taken issue with Mr Liddle’s claim and had commented on the blog. However, the Commission did not agree that the magazine could rely on publishing critical reaction as a way of abrogating its responsibilities under the Code.  While it had provided some evidence to back up Mr Liddle’s position, it had not been able to demonstrate that the ‘overwhelming majority’ of crime in all the stated categories had been carried out by members of the African-Caribbean community.  Nor could it successfully argue that the claim was purely the columnist’s opinion – rather, it was a statement of fact.  As such, the Commission believed that “the onus was on the magazine to ensure that it was corrected authoritatively online”.       

PCC director, Stephen Abell, said: “This is a significant ruling because it shows that the PCC expects the same standards in newspaper and magazine blogs that it would expect in comment pieces that appear in print editions.  There is plenty of room for robust opinions, views and commentary but statements of fact must still be substantiated if and when they are disputed.  And if substantiation isn’t possible, there should be proper correction by the newspaper or magazine in question.”    
m wondering if this is the reason that the Telegraph is more vigilante, and is and will delete more comments and blogs with or without anyone complaining.

 will change the way you write here and how do you feel about it? Is it another nail in the coffin of free speech or there should be rules of restraint,accuracy and decency on any site which is in public domain?

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