Target: John Bercow MP, Speaker of the House of Commons
Goal: Reject act that would limit freedom of the press and make the media more susceptible to lawsuits.
In the United Kingdom, the government is considering whether to enact a law that would force newspapers to register with a regulator. If they do not, they will face detrimental financial repercussions in the face of libel suits.
Such a law would threaten the independent press. It would lessen the diversity in the media’s reporting and restrict their freedoms. Journalists will be too afraid of libel suits, preventing them from accurately reporting the news to the fullest of their ability.
Freedom of the press is how communities flourish. Different ideas are brought together. The press questions authority when no one else can and holds the people in power accountable for their actions. In a time in which even the press in democratic nations, like the United States, is threatened by authoritarian-like figures, the press must be protected now more than ever. Sign the petition to demand that the act, entitled Section 40, be rejected by the government.
Dear Mr. Bercow,
Your government is currently debating as to whether or not it should enact Section 40, a law that would force members of the press to register with a regulator or face steep fines and increased chances of libel lawsuits. Such an act is seriously damaging to the future of the free press. If threatened with lawsuits and debilitating fines, the press will be more conscious as to what it reports.
A free, independent, and diverse press enriches society, bringing different viewpoints to the forefront and holding those in power accountable for their actions. This act may threaten those freedoms. I ask that you and the other MPs in the government reject this act.
[Your Name Here]
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