BBC News – Press regulation: How royal charter applies to internet.
In this article, I find it extremely interesting, and I see both sides of the coin. On one side, we have a regulated press, where approved concepts and ideas are allowed to be expressed, even by the common blogger. In the U.K. you need a license for a T.V., however, some of the rationale for this may be specifically for news or stories that are accurate comes back from a long history at the Associated Press, where news needed to be confirmed by three sources. In addition, the history of the Assiociated Press is an interesting one. If there was a ship from England entering the bay, people would take row boats out, and compete to get the news from the ship, so it was agreed to send one ship and share the news.
In essence, regulated news, maybe for political reasons, maybe to not ensure a panic to maintain a society in case of an emergency, after all, a thought, a single idea, as they say on the Internet can be believed to be true if articulated well, and go ‘virual’ as they say, and pass for believable, and something that was not true, may cause societal breakdown, to the extreme. One case of this is the broadcast in the United States that caused a mild panic, because people thought it was a plausable story, it was 1938, and it was the War of the Worlds, appropriately coined a few years before world war.
An argument can be made to the contrary, which is one person may report a factual story, but yet, without government sanction, the story would have legal precident to be blocked, recended, and the person may be fined or jailed, depending on the story. Is this good, is this a removal of such liberties as the United States has the freedom of speech, which this country was founded upon? Is this now an archaic principle? Only time will tell.