Tom Watson

It’s a big day for the UK blogosphere. With the government tabling botched legislation which drags bloggers and small publishers into a regulation system which was designed for media corporations, 3pm is the deadline for the proposals to be amended or withdrawn.

Here is what Tom Watson told LabourList earlier:

“It is clear to all but the very stupid that the new system should only apply to big media -with print operations that might also have a digital presence. Maria Miller should urgently clarify how this will be achieved.”

Reforms providing an arbitration process allowing responsible bloggers to avoid ruinously expensive defamation proceedings could be attractive …

… but trying to shoe-horn much of the internet into a successor to the Press Complaints Commission won’t work.

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