Newspapers in the UK are facing new restrictions just as our press is. Not all of the papers are rushing to be fitted with their muzzle, more power to their elbows. The impetus for the changes comes from the phone tapping scandal. Lost in the process is the fact that phone tapping was illegal under existing laws and prosecutions are underway.
… hatred of the ‘popular’ press and the ‘mass’ media has always been a thinly veiled code for expressing an elitist fear and loathing of the populace/masses who consume them. Limiting the freedom of the press is about limiting what the people are allowed to see, read, and even think. The ostensible target might be Big Media, but the real one is the Big Public.