This is the second part of a two part post, the first part was published on 7 February 2013.
Licensing of the presses disappeared at the end of the seventeenth century and, over the next three centuries parliament did not seek to impose any general legal framework on the press. This remains the position. Unlike many other countries who are subject to the European Convention on Human Rights the United Kingdom does not have any general legal framework to define the rights and responsibilities of the media. Continue reading