25 January 2017

Investigative journalism is coming to an end

Investigative journalists will soon be out of a job if new UK legislation is passed. 350 years of relatively free press will come to an end if Section 40 and Leveson 2 are enforced on the British press. They pose a serious threat to investigative journalism. Legal resistance is already too apparent in investigative journalism, with some important stories never being published.

Magazine and newspapers will stop publishing important, essential stories because they are being bullied into signing a state-sanctioned press regulator. Miles Goslett, the journalist who broke the Jimmy Savile story, told Spiked: "If these pieces of legislation come in, they would frighten off any newspaper or magazine from publishing what is the truth."

Leveson 2 if the biggest threat in preventing journalistic investigations because it will further freeze relations between the press and the police, politicians and other officials. This essentially is preventing people of power being held accountable.

The government has argued that investigative journalism will not come to an end if publishers are sensible with the way they investigate and how they choose to publish a story. The communications committee at The House of Lords have said: "In the context of investigative journalism, it is incumbent upon journalists and news providers to be rigorous and proactive in checking the accuracy of press releases, as with other sources of news, as part of their commitment to accuracy. In addition, we recommend that journalists themselves be transparent in their use of press releases particularly online where barriers to publishing links to press releases are low."

These proposed pieces of legislation are supported by people in positions of power to protect themselves for when they cut corners. They are deliberately making it as difficult as possible to for journalists to report on their short-comings. Overall, these pieces of legislation are an abuse of power on the press.  

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