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Thursday, 14 June 2012

What Cameron should do after the Leveson Enquiry

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/14/david-cameron-leveson-murdoch-brooks-coulson_n_1595770.html


  1. Pass a law whereby no non-British citizen not ordinary resident in Britain may own a newspaper or TV channel.
  2. Compulsorily purchase whatever publication and TV channel Rupert Murdoch still owns that is based in the UK.
  3. Pass a law whereby the state has a state publication and a state TV channel in competition with the other media that is not state-owned.  
  4. Sell off the BBC together with whatever that is left of what Rupert Murdoch and other foreign owners own of any form of media based in the UK to British buyers.   
  5. As for respecting the privacy of the intended victims of the press, I can do no better than recommend that the following verse in the Koran should be our guide:


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YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong. 
PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Let not a folk deride a folk who may be better than they (are), not let women (deride) women who may be better than they are; neither defame one another, nor insult one another by nicknames. Bad is the name of lewdness after faith. And whoso turneth not in repentance, such are evil-doers. 
SHAKIR: O you who believe! let not (one) people laugh at (another) people perchance they may be better than they, nor let women (laugh) at (other) women, perchance they may be better than they; and do not find fault with your own people nor call one another by nicknames; evil is a bad name after faith, and whoever does not turn, these it is that are the unjust.

049.012 
YUSUFALI: O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it...But fear Allah: For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. 
PICKTHAL: O ye who believe! Shun much suspicion; for lo! some suspicion is a crime. And spy not, neither backbite one another. Would one of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Ye abhor that (so abhor the other)! And keep your duty (to Allah). Lo! Allah is Relenting, Merciful. 
SHAKIR: O you who believe! avoid most of suspicion, for surely suspicion in some cases is a sin, and do not spy nor let some of you backbite others. Does one of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? But you abhor it; and be careful of (your duty to) Allah, surely Allah is Oft-returning (to mercy), Merciful.

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