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Welcome to Wednesday's Big Revolution. Today, I'm mostly pondering the outdated nature of some Britis
 
October 24 · Issue #241 · View online
Big Revolution
Welcome to Wednesday’s Big Revolution. Today, I’m mostly pondering the outdated nature of some British media laws. More on that below.
Martin

Big things you need to know today
  • Apple’s new original video service will roll out in more than 100 countries, The Information reports. Unsurprisingly, the US will be first, in the first half of 2019, but with global expansion reportedly planned before the end of the year.
The big thought
How the Telegraph reported its inability to report.
The truth will out
The British #MeToo scandal which cannot be revealed’ the UK’s Daily Telegraph leads with today. Yes, British media laws have reared their ugly head again to hide information with a legitimate public interest… from the public.
The Telegraph claims to have solid evidence of a history of sexual harassment and racial abuse by a well-known businessman. But said businessman has gone to the courts to block publication, based on the idea that the story relies on information from people breaching non-disclosure agreements.
The courts have sided with the businessman, and thus the Telegraph cannot tell its story.
This would never happen in the US, which gives far more freedom to the press to publish substantiated information. If Harvey Weinstein was British, maybe we’d never have found out about his behaviour. If Donald Trump was British, maybe Stormy Daniels wouldn’t have been able to come forward.
But all the laws in the UK can’t stop this story coming out somehow. Maybe foreign media will publish it, maybe it will leak on Twitter, maybe an MP will use parliamentary privilege to bring it up in Prime Minister’s Questions – maybe all three will happen.
Laws weighted strongly in favour of protecting the rich from being exposed by the media are no longer fit for purpose. The public won’t tolerate them and the information will always find a way to work around them.
In some cases, laws restricting the media are a good thing. For example, the recent trial of a child abuse ring was subject to reporting restrictions to make sure the case didn’t collapse. Far-right figurehead Stephen Yaxley-Lennon could have threatened the case when he began live-streaming details outside the court. As a result, he was arrested and his fanbase grew through his perceived martyrdom, but the alternative – justice not being served to the victims of those abusers – would have been worse.
But in today’s case, the law just isn’t fit for an age where information doesn’t just want to be free, it can’t help itself – it’ll break free somehow.
One big read
Apple iPhone XR review: better than good enough Apple iPhone XR review: better than good enough
Thinking about buying the ‘bargain’ iPhone XR? This review might just convince you to go for it and not bother with the more expensive XS. One thing not mentioned in this review: the Portrait Mode on the XR doesn’t handle animals well, whereas the XS does.
One big tweet
I rarely include my own tweets in this slot, but the sheer number of people who have said they too had never noticed this warms my heart.
Martin Bryant
How have I used web browsers for 22 years without realising that the space bar scrolls the page down?
9:24 PM - 22 Oct 2018
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