UK Secretary of State opposes plan for EU internet regulation

February 2006


Tessa Jowell, the UK’s Culture Secretary, has said that European Union plans to regulate the internet would be unwelcome, arguing that the new media were best left to regulate themselves and that ordinary criminal laws were sufficient to regulate the internet. The EU insists that its new plans would be ‘light touch’. The EU is trying to overhaul its1989 ‘Television Without Frontiers’ Directive in particular to introduce new rules on the protection of children and the incitement of hatred. The remarks were made at the Oxford Media Convention. See the Times, 20th January 2006.

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