Bow Group Chairman Ben Harris-Quinney has said the government’s new online safety bill would “significantly restrain” free speech, and that while mainstream media outlets have asked for an exemption, the rights of independent media and the public to publish should not be curtailed.
Speaking to Breitbart London about the bill, Ben Harris-Quinney said: “Freedom of speech is an absolute, you are either for it or against it. Most Conservative MPs claim to be in favour of freedom of speech, and yet are supporting legislation which would significantly constrain it.”
The Bow Group chairman added: “Mainstream media has asked for an exemption, but the last thing we need is a situation where institutions like the BBC can say whatever they like but the public or independent media cannot.
“Online outlets, just like any form of media, should be liable for publishing false and defamatory content, but not content that government or social media decides it doesn’t like.”
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