FAQ's - Where do You stand on Media Ownership?

We are very fortunate in Sheffield to have an excellent array of local independent online journalists, as well as community radio and TV now. We need to encourage and support these and others to ensure that we have a locally focused free press in the future.

Media barons like Rupert Murdoch have far too much power in our democracy and we need regulation. However, I would like to emphasize that while regulation of media companies when they get to a certain size is important, it is not right for us to enter into a censorship campaign that would choke the press and stifle the free flowing exchange of information.

Unfortunately the major parties; Labour, LibDems, Conservatives and UKIP are satisfied supporting Murdoch, posing with a copy of the Sun, and I'd argue that the Greens have gone too far in the other direction; “So if Page Three still hasn't been removed from The Sun by the end of this year, I think we should be asking the government to step in and legislate." --Caroline Lucas. While I am certainly no fan of Page 3 or The Sun, regulating the press to respect privacy of the individual is very different from censoring what they can and cannot print.

Censorship of the press is a very dangerous door to open and the public should be trusted to decide what they do and do not wish to expose themselves to. It is a small step from legislating one day to remove Page 3, to legislating against Private Eye or others who are printing uncomfortable truths for large corporations or Government. It is utterly essential in our democracy that we have a genuinely free press.