The aim of this book is to a launch a polemic for the freedom of the press against all of the attempts to police, defile and sanitise journalism today.
Once the media reported the news. Now it makes it. The phone-hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry into the ‘culture, practice and ethics’ of the media has put the UK press under scrutiny and on trial as never before.
There Is No Such Thing as a Free Press questions many of today’s distorted but widely-held views of the media, and turns the assumptions underlying the current discussion on their head. The problem is not that the UK press has too much freedom to run wild, but too little liberty. The trouble is not that the UK press is too far out-of-control, but that it is far too conformist. The danger is not that press freedom is too open to abuse, but that the British media is not nearly open enough.
Mick Hume draws on the lessons of history and cross-examines the evidence from the Leveson Inquiry to take on the army of conformists and regulators who would further tame press freedom.
‘Mick Hume’s book is a rousing defence of free speech, freedom of the Press and the inalienable right to publish and be damned. Every editor, every proprietor in Fleet Street should read it. So should Lord Justice Leveson before he completes his report on press ethics. No ‘buts’.’ — Trevor Kavanagh, Associate Editor, The Sun.
‘A sparky, sarky defence of press freedom for one and all, hacking away the moral high ground from under media-ocrities and other snobs who think that ‘popular’ is a dirty word.’ — Julie Burchill, author and journalist.
‘[This book] questions what we mean by ethical journalism, the public interest and a free press, with some splendidly non-conformist answers.’ — Simon Jenkins, The Guardian.
‘The freedom of the press needs its defenders now more than ever. And Mick Hume provides it here with his characteristic wit and verve. A masterclass in the writing of polemic.’ — Daniel Finkelstein, The Times.