believe there is a risk that politicians would explore their proposed new system of regulation to dampen criticisms of their behaviour, thereby restricting freedom of speech.
The Free Speech Network comprises UK, European and global newspaper, magazine, print and online publishers, editors and other groups who share concerns over protecting freedom of expression against any threats to introduce a statutory backstop to press regulation.
The Free Speech Network believes that a vibrant free press and internet is essential to any democracy.
“A free press is the unsleeping guardian of every other right that free men prize; it is the most dangerous foe of tyranny… where free institutions are indigenous to the soil and men have the habit of liberty, the press will continue to be the Fourth Estate, the vigilant guardian of the rights of the ordinary citizen.”
– Sir Winston Churchill