“It is not clear that British politicians understand the meaning of a free press”

In the U.S., much light has been shined on the First Amendment, a possible shield law for the press and privacy and security concerns all at once. Meanwhile, in the U.K., the press lacks an equivalent to the First Amendment, notable following the reporting from Snowden’s leaks. “There are practically no voices in Congress calling for the Washington Post or New York Times to be investigated,” writes the Guardian’s editorial board.  The board notes that a law that British politicians are proposing would shift the burden of proof over press regulation — to the politicians.

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