BNP Manifesto 2010 : Democracy and the Media

• The BNP will enact legislation which will hold journalists and their media outlets criminally liable for knowingly publishing falsehoods.

• The BNP will create a media complaints body which will have the power to grant slandered persons or institutions the right of reply with equal prominence plus financial compensation in serious cases.

The Manipulation of Democracy

A danger to genuine democracy emanates from the concentration of ownership and control of the mass media — not least foreign ownership, where the primary loyalty is not to the UK.

We refer to the two great issues of the day where there has been virtually no debate, consent or consultation with the electorate: multiculturalism and the EU superstate.

Indeed the media, especially the broadcasting media — and especially the state- controlled BBC — have actively promoted both. The silent majority has been denied any debate.

Presently, the ‘Fourth Estate’ is subject to no democratic check or control. We shall address these difficulties as part of our campaign to strengthen and extend genuine democracy.

The BNP will require that the media tell the truth in its reports. In the words of the late Lord Northcliffe, “The function of a journalist is to get at the truth.”

We will enact laws to ensure that the undue influence of the media in terms of free debate is subjected to a democratic system, enabling all sections of our society free and unfettered access.

The ability of the media to propel political parties to power via undue promotion and behind-the-scenes negotiation subverts the political process.

The BNP has been the victim of incessant media mendacity and entirely unjustifiable smears and it has often been denied justice by the Press Complaints Commission.

We shall therefore replace the PCC — an organisation overseen by those interests upon which it is supposed to sit in judgement — with an independent body with the power to grant the victims of media falsehood the right of reply with equal prominence plus financial compensation in serious cases.

For grave offences, we shall create a new criminal offence embracing the ‘deliberate dissemination of falsehoods about an individual or organisation for financial or political gain’.

We support the right of legitimate editorial comment and opinion, subject to the simple requirement of truth.

BNP Manifesto 2010

BNP Manifesto 2010 : British National Party Key Pledges

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Defending Britain: BNP Defence Policy

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Immigration: An Unparalleled Crisis Which Only the BNP Can Solve

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Environmental Protection and the “Climate Change” Theory

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Leaving the European Union

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Counter Jihad: Confronting the Islamic Colonisation of Britain

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Renationalising the Welfare State

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Freedom for All: The Restoration of Our Civil Liberties

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Constitutional Change: Protecting and Enhancing Our Heritage

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Democracy and the Media

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Culture, Traditions and Civil Society

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Time to Get Tough on Crime and Criminals

BNP Manifesto 2010 : A Healthy Nation: Public Health and the NHS

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Education for a British Future

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Transport: Getting Britain Moving Again

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Agriculture: Food and Fisheries

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Energy: Fuelling the Nation’s Growth

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Foreign Policy: Putting British Interests First

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Housing: Sheltering the Nation

BNP Manifesto 2010 : The Economy: Putting Britain Back on the Road to Recovery

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Creating Local Economies

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Pensions: Looking After Our Old People

BNP Manifesto 2010 : IT and the Digital Revolution: The BNP’s Vision

BNP Manifesto 2010 : Conclusion

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