Once upon a time in a Principality far away, lived a princess.
The princess worked hard, she had two jobs. She paid her taxes to “The State”
The princess liked to help people. She did not like injustice in any form, whoever it was directed at.
The princess saw that there were lots of injustices directed at the ill, the poor, the vulnerable and the disabled citizens of the principality and beyond …
“Blimey” thought the princess, “all citizens are just one malignant cell, one car crash, one job loss away from having to rely on “The State”
The princess saw that “The State” newspapers and television did not tell the truth about the injustices being heaped on the citizens.
This made the princess very, very sad and angry.
The princess searched the world wide web for the truth about what “The State” was really doing to the citizens.
She found lots of stories and information from scribes and soothsayers who told the truth about what was really happening to the citizens.
The princess decided to join the scribes and soothsayers in their fight to expose the truth.
The princess wrote stories about the nasty things that “The State” were doing. The princess saw that very soon, 700 citizens from the principality and beyond (even some from over the great sea) read her stories and were glad that she was speaking the truth.
The princess made sure that all her stories were not made up and could be verified as being true.
One day a member of “The State” challenged the princess about her stories, telling her to be careful.
“Was this a veiled threat?” the princess wondered.
The princess was very perturbed by this encounter.
Luckily, the princess found a shield in the form of the Human Rights Act.
This shield could be used to protect the citizens from “The State”
In this shield was an article, called Article 10 which said;
Article 10: Freedom of expression
1. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without inference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.
2. The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.
The princess realised that many of the current forms of publication have nothing to do with paper.
Thanks to the world wide web, traditional media – both print and broadcast – are no longer fully in charge of the information flow and no longer hold a monopoly over it.
Anyone with access to a computer or a smartphone can gather and disseminate information.
Anyone can make their own broadcast.
Anyone can publicly communicate their opinions and ideas to the entire world via a blog or social media network.
Many bloggers gather information in the public interest in much the same way as traditional journalists.
They interview sources, check facts and debate important public issues.
In countries where the traditional media is heavily censored, blogging provides people with a rare opportunity to distribute information and exercise their right to freedom of expression.
Many traditional journalists and media also have blogs or use social media.
Most media outlets feature blogs on their websites or recruit bloggers to provide content for them.
They also embrace social media by inviting readers, listeners or viewers to follow their activities on Facebook or Twitter.
The princess was no longer perturbed, because she knew that as long as what she wrote about was the truth, she would be protected by the Human Rights Act shield and no – one, not even “The State” or it’s agents would be able to do anything about it.
THE END 🙂