Issue 52, February 1993
No gags on the gutter press
At the time of writing there is much heated debate about the Calcutt Report
on press freedom, Labour MP Clive Soley's privacy bill, and various proposals
for more control of the press. Living Marxism would like to make
clear that we are against all such controls, whether they be statutory,
voluntary or whatever.
We do not care how many embarrassing revelations the Sun, the Mirror,
the Star and the rest publish about members of the royal family
or government ministers. Our only objection to such tabloid journalism is
that too much of it is about their boring sex lives, and it does not go
far enough in exposing the corruption, scandal and lies at the centre of
Of course, these papers also publish poison about ordinary people. But there's
no point expecting judges or press commissioners to save us from that. Any
restrictions on who can publish what will be used to protect the rich and
powerful, and to clamp down on critical coverage.
The British media is already so tamely conservative and unquestioning of
those in authority that it's hard to see why they would want to censor it.
The last thing we need is more controls on the press. Let's have everything
out in the open, where we can see who's dirty and argue our case for a clean-out.
The message from Living Marxism is: Hands off the Sun!
4 Editorial: 'Rape camps'
8 The ANC: freedom postponed indefinitely Charles
11 What's in store before 1994?
14 The economyth of recovery Phil Murphy
17 Ann Bradley
18 Behind the West's humanitarian mask Frank
23 Irish republicans under pressure Mick
24 Whose side is Amnesty International on?
27 The United Nations: 'beyond peace-keeping'
30 Peace on the rocks in Asia Daniel Nassim
33 Churchill, appeasement and white power
34 Women's rights wronged Sara Hardy
37 Toby Banks
43 Frank Cottrell-Boyce on TV
44 The Marxist Review of Books