New Online Safety Bill risks stifling the press, restricting free speech and introducing “state-backed censorship on a scale never seen in the UK”, campaigners warn

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General Secretary of the Free Speech Union Toby Young said: “This draft Bill poses a serious danger to free speech, bringing the content that journalists, newspapers and magazines create on social media within scope of a state regulator. Admittedly, it includes various protections for journalistic content, as well as content of democratic importance – and those protections are welcome – but an important line has been crossed nevertheless. The state has no business regulating the work of journalists, whether it’s in a newspaper or on Facebook.”

James Gant, MailOnline, 12th May 2021.