Press Regulation Plans 8:51 AM PDT 10/14/2013 by Georg Szalai 0 Getty Images London mayor Boris Johnson “You either have a free press or you dont,” says Boris Johnson and shares how he and his family once imitated Eddie Murphy in “Beverly Hills Cop” to play a trick on a reporter. LONDON London mayor Boris Johnson in a newspaper editorial on Monday spoke out against planned U.K. press regulation following the Leveson Inquiry report late last year. our editor recommends “We are on the verge of eroding the freedom of the press,” Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph . “It’s a vigorous, voracious press that keeps our country honest. Regulating the media would undermine its ferocious ability to highlight wrongdoing.” He called a planned royal charter outlining the new regulation a “monstrous folly.” Johnson also suggested that a political expenses scandal led British politicians to call for the Leveson Inquiry, not the phone hacking scandal surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. “It was the hacking cases that gave them their pretext,” he wrote. Johnson also argued Monday that Britain’s current laws sufficiently protect people from media abuse. “We already have abundant law against obscenity or breach of official secrets. We have laws against libel and defamation, against bugging, hacking, theft, bribery of public officials,” he wrote. “We have a growing tort of breach of privacy. We have no need of some new body backed by statute…and it is wrong in principle.” Concluded the London mayor: “You either have a free press or you dont. You cant sell the pass, and admit the principle of regulation because it is in the nature of regulation that it swells and grows.
London closing in on decision?
Michigan State is looking to add another elite running back prospect to the class of 2014 and London is one of the top player so the board. Rivals.com ranks London a 3-star prospect and the #94 player in Florida for the class of 2014. He holds over 20 scholarship offers from programs such as Michigan State, Wisconsin and Nebraska. This past weekend London took an official visit to Michigan State. He has already visited Wisconsin and Nebraska. We asked London about his thoughts on his time in East Lansing. “What stood out to me was the strong tradition they,” London stated. “Michigan State is a good school and they have a winning program. I also liked the people I was able to meet, everyone was very nice. My host was McGarrett Kings; we had a lot of fun.” Kings is also from the same area as London so he was able to give him a good idea about the transition that a player has to make coming from South Florida to the Big Ten. London has had plenty of contact with the Michigan State staff via social media and other electronic media, but this weekend allowed him an opportunity to sit down with them and build additional rapport. He was also able to speak with Head Coach Mark Dantonio. “Coach Dantonio was very straightforward with me,” London stated. “He told me that they like me a lot and explained how I can fit in and help the program.
London police question four terror suspects after raids
A 28-year-old British national of Azerbaijani origin was arrested at a house in Notting Hill, west London, and a 29-year-old Briton of Pakistani origin was arrested in a street in Peckham, southeast London. A Metropolitan Police spokesman said so-called Hatton rounds — special shotgun ammunition used to breach doors and tyres — were “specifically used to disable a car” in the arrests in east London. “They were used to shoot at tyres. No one was injured,” the spokesman told AFP. The arrest took place in a street about 200 metres from the Tower of London, one of London’s busiest tourist attractions. Armed officers were involved in all of the arrests. All four men were being held at a police station in south London on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. Under British counter-terror laws the suspects can be held for 48 hours and police can then apply for warrants to hold them for up to 14 days from the time of arrest. Police said the raids were the result of a “pre-planned intelligence operation” and added that “public safety remains our overriding concern”. The BBC quoted government officials as saying that a decision to act was taken on Sunday to dismantle the “potentially very serious” plot, although it was not on the scale of previous large-scale bomb plots. A witness to the arrest in Notting Hill, in an upmarket street lined with boutiques and restaurants, said the arrested man “didn’t look like a terrorist”.