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Blurred Boundaries

I went to a fascinating talk at the Policy Exchange yesterday to hear about Channel 4's dealing with the West Midland's Police since they showed a documentary titled "Undercover Mosque" earlier in the year. There was a heated debate where two points crystalised out:

1. The police had no right to refer Channel 4 to OFCOM
2. Interference is causing censorship to slowing creep its way into broadcasting, especially where uncomfortable subjects are being tackled

I'll leave it to others to explain the issues in a more succinct way than I can, and there were certainly some well known faces in the room, including Michael Gove, Stuart Wheeler, Janet Daley, Nick Cohen (who has dreadful teeth), Damian Green and some minor politicians like Evan Harris and Mike Gapes. Obviously, an issue many people are taking extremely seriously.

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