Bloggers targeted by new regulations

Patrick Henningsen writes –

This is probably the most important fight for freedom of expression since the internet was invented. Many already agree that the UK gov’t’s latest move is a lunge towards an East Germany style censored society. Read this and let us know if you support blogging freedom, and support those whom the government wishes to silence…

Press regulation deal sparks fears of high libel fines for bloggers

“Websites could have to pay exemplary damages if they don’t sign up to new regulator, claim opponents of Leveson deal…”

EXTRACTS –  Bloggers would not be at risk of exemplary damages for comments posted by readers.

Under sustained questioning on Monday night during the Commons debate about the courts bill, which includes the Leveson regulations, the culture secretary, Maria Miller, said the “publisher would have to meet the three tests of whether the publication is publishing news-related material in the course of a business, whether their material is written by a range of authors – this would exclude a one-man band or a single blogger – and whether that material is subject to editorial control”.


TAP – just work out the new rules and comply with them.  It doesn’t look too hard.  There is always the threat of dire retribution.  Drawing attention to blogs by suing them seems a counterproductive strategy for news management.  Ignoring and sidelining is the usual method employed, blocking blogs on Facebook, isolating on google and ensuring readers don’t get through, and people can’t easily comment.

In any case if Google is requested to delete a post by someone who’s unhappy, they usually oblige.  Posts frequently disappear.  Links are disconnected.  The blog was once locked up for six months after I wrote about Rupert Murdoch controlling Blair’s European policy.  At that time, such a theory was considered nuts.  I’m only the first editor who suggests posts.  Google are the main one.

The Tap Blog is a collective of like-minded researchers and writers who’ve joined forces to distribute information and voice opinions avoided by the world’s media.

14 Responses to “Bloggers targeted by new regulations”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I notice the Zionist/Jewish-owned ”The Guardian” are not allowing comments on their article linked above.

    Just shows how seriously they want to suppress free-speech on this matter.


  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi TAP is there any way your total valuble content can be fully simply downloaded & backed up so third party supporters can resite your blog info at alternative web sites so all your hard work is never lost?


  3. Anonymous says:

    PS why not turn it all into a Ebook? by year?


  4. Anonymous says:

    You can use Adobe Arcobat to turn your entire website to PDF file with just a few clicks.

  5. Tapestry says:

    We take back-ups from time to time, Hett.

  6. Anonymous says:

    There is a lot going on about the press at the moment and their rights to free speech and reporting information. Unfortunately those bad reporters who carried out the wirer taps on people like the McCanns and other people in the public eye have opened the door for all those who want the press stifled to come out of their little burrows and get on the band wagon of restraining the freedom of the press. No doubt there will be greater secrecy in the official news and the way news once was distributed but with those who get their news through facebook and other forms of social media those in authority will have less chance of stifling what they don’t want the public to know. As you are very aware once a story hits the net it can go viral and in no time hundreds of thousands of people are aware of the news. So its the big boot in to an old system as far as I am concerned. A system that we no longer depend upon for lots of our news and our information. If we are to live up to what JFK said in his speech then we all have a duty to question and arouse attention by exchanging information over the net. All the troubles in the middle east and else where have been aroused by the social media not by the popular press. If we are left to the popular press we are likely only to get big tits, dogs up trees, snap shots of frosty mornings, traffic jams on the M6 – and don’t forget the horse results, the football results, dart results, cricket results etc. Actually by stifling the popular press they could in fact be doing us a favour and people might not take it seriously anymore for much of their news was biased and only suited certain political parties. We know the Sun is a labour paper while the Times and the Telegraph are tory papers. Journalists are not the journalists of the past where they could crack a story and write a story. Most of the garbage they put in to those papers come from clearing houses. It has all been joined, disjoined and reivented to suit a gullible public. They only let you hear what they want you to hear anyway. I mean there are no secrets going to be revealed in the daily mirror unless they have found someone rooting the queens dog or something along that line. That is about the extent of the secrets revealed in all the gutter press. In sum, it is a bullet that should have been fired at them a long time ago. They should have barred many of these papers from writing what they have been writing about good people along time ago. Many of the paparatsy should a have been stopped years ago for the shit that they produced. Who gives a dam if Diana, or Kate are sun baking in the nude on some Caribbean island. Who wants to hear about Jude Law and his problems or David Beckham for that matter. The real news and information that we want to hear about is not found in the popular press but is out there on the net and found on small radio stations etc. It is a fire not worth pissing on.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Maybe a good idea to insulate yourself Tap financially from your blog – esp. as you post things like the H Clinton arrested story, which may or may not be true…

    The Tap could become a Ltd company, go bankrupt / close down if hit with big fine and then open next day as new ltd company.

    Not-for-profit organisation?

    I’m no expert and don’t know if any of above viable, only suggestion…


  8. Anonymous says:

    ” Patrick Henningsen writes –

    This is probably the most important fight for freedom of expression…”

    What’s the difference between ‘freedom of expression’ and ‘freedom of speech’?

    F of speech is black or white, we either have it, or not. And we DO NOT. It’s been replaced by ‘freedom of expression’ – something very different.

    And I don’t remember any of these arse-wipe journalists making a fuss about this change in the law, at the time. They just stopped using the term F of S and started using the term F of Expression.

    And now this twat at The Guardian is SO concerned for internet freedom of something, making out he’s on OUR SIDE. These lying fux make me sick.

    I’m pi**ed off now, I’ve always hated The Guardian…


  9. Chris Jones says:

    Off topic but just as a reminder of some other basic issues:

    “In 1977, the Bank set up a wholly owned subsidiary called Bank of England Nominees Limited (BOEN), a private limited company, with two of its hundred £1 shares issued. According to its Memorandum & Articles of Association, its objectives are:- “To act as Nominee or agent or attorney either solely or jointly with others, for any person or persons, partnership, company, corporation, government, state, organisation, sovereign, province, authority, or public body, or any group or association of them….” Bank of England Nominees Limited was granted an exemption by Edmund Dell, Secretary of State for Trade, from the disclosure requirements under Section 27(9) of the Companies Act 1976, because, “it was considered undesirable that the disclosure requirements should apply to certain categories of shareholders.” The Bank of England is also protected by its Royal Charter status, and the Official Secrets Act. BOEN is a vehicle for governments and heads of state to invest in UK companies (subject to approval from the Secretary of State), providing they undertake “not to influence the affairs of the company”

    Also, as regarding Alex Jones, i think he’s as genuine as is possible-an entertainer and raconteur maybe but i don’t think an imposter. And if he is, so what-90% of the info he gives out is highly relevant and true and verifiable- just take out the bits that are totally verifiable and take the rest with a poinch of salt…

  10. Anonymous says:

    During W W II the newspapers had all been jollying for war and were full of supposed German atrocities we now know was just propaganda,
    the BBC was known by troops as Bullshit-time, and almost as many people tunes in for wiliam joyce ( lord haw haw ) as it was more factual, every single letter posted was opened read and censored with a thick pen, ona scale which makes Murdoch look an amatuer, aew we now back to all this ?

  11. I guess this can only apply to UK-based blogs?

  12. Anonymous says:

    With regards to Anon comment @ 3:43 pm

    Just like to add, there’s a free piece of software which does more or less the same thing:

  13. Anonymous says:

    Anon @ 4.28pm is definitely some kind of ‘shill’ or planted comment.
    If you look through the ‘man in pub’ language, the writer is in complete agreement with increased regulation of news media.
    The comment is cleverly put together, though – to make it look like a valid personal opinion from a ‘man in the street’, or pub – which I don’t believe it is.
    The opinion expressed and reasons given, is very similar to that expressed by the government, minus the expletives.


  14. Anonymous says:

    Anon Comment @9:59 am

    Yes I’ve used HTTrack before and it’s a great application but for printing and storage purposes adobe acrobat is more suitable for the job, anyone know of a free software like acrobat that can save the whole website to PDF format?

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