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There is No Such Thing As a Free Press...: And we need one more than ever (Societas) Paperback – 1 Sep 2012

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  • Paperback: 195 pages
  • Publisher: Societas (1 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845403509
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845403508
  • Product Dimensions: 13.6 x 2.7 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mick Hume s book is a rousing defence of free speech, freedom of the Press and the inalienable right to publish and be damned. Every editor, every proprietor in Fleet Street should read it. So should Lord Justice Leveson before he completes his report on press ethics. No buts . --Trevor Kavanagh, Associate Editor, The Sun

A sparky, sarky defence of press freedom for one and all, hacking away the moral high ground from under media-ocrities and other snobs who think that popular is a dirty word. --Julie Burchill, author and journalist

[This book] questions what we mean by ethical journalism, the public interest and a free press, with some splendidly non-conformist answers --Simon Jenkins, the Guardian

A sparky, sarky defence of press freedom for one and all, hacking away the moral high ground from under media-ocrities and other snobs who think that popular is a dirty word. --Julie Burchill, author and journalist

[This book] questions what we mean by ethical journalism, the public interest and a free press, with some splendidly non-conformist answers --Simon Jenkins, the Guardian

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'A sparky, sarky defence of press freedom for one and all, hacking away the moral high ground from under media-ocrities and other snobs who think that "popular" is a dirty word.'

(Julie Burchill, author and journalist)

'[This book] questions what we mean by ethical journalism, the public interest and a free press, with some splendidly non-conformist answers.'

(Simon Jenkins, the Guardian)

'The freedom of the press needs its defenders now more than ever. And Mick Hume provides it here with his characteristic wit and verve. A masterclass in the writing of polemic.'

(Daniel Finkelstein, The Times)

'Mick Hume's book is a rousing defence of free speech, freedom of the Press and the inalienable right to publish and be damned. Every editor, every proprietor in Fleet Street should read it. So should Lord Justice Leveson before he completes his report on press ethics. No "buts".’

(Trevor Kavanagh, Associate Editor, The Sun)

'Lays waste party lines and conventional codes of conduct in a blast of derision from far-left field.'

(Peter Preston The Observer)

'One of the most persuasive polemics I've read in ages.'

(James Delingpole Spectator)

'It's very good, a timely defence of freedom of the press at the time of Leveson, but rightly critical too of [journalism's] manifest failings; our narcissism and laziness and sense of self importance.'

(Rod Liddle Spectator)

'It's polemic and not presented as anything else, but it is extremely well written... It's deliberatley intended to start a discussion about the press - and is a brilliant antidote to over-indulgence in Leveson. You really should read it.'

(Sue Magee The Bookbag)

'Hume excoriates the "I'm in favour of press freedom…but" brigade, persuasively and with vigour. He records the centuries of struggle and sacrifice that went into winning freedom of expression, and condemns The Guardian liberati for lining up with the state-steamrollers… having direct experience of cack-handed, patronising, anti-tabloid prejudice of the Leveson circus, I am with Hume.'

(Paul Routledge Tribune 2012-11-02)

'The threat is more insidious: that the shadow of state intervention leaves us with a more conformist, tamer and sanitised press.'

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