Scottish press legislation: Tomorrow statement

Draft legislation has been put forward in Scotland,1 where reporter/directing editor Tristan Stewart-Robertson is currently based, for statutory regulation of the media, which would potentially include social media posts on almost any subject.

Tomorrow made its position clear in December on this subject and it will continue to act as a news site subject to our core principles, not to politicians or their appointees. Please see our previous post for more details.

NOTE: This legislation did not progress beyond draft stage.

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For example, if a comment mentioned criminal allegations against an individual, this would be removed as it might identify innocent individuals or victims.

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Please apply this basic approach when considering a comment: would you make it to a parent or close friend? We encourage readers to discuss stories with friends, family or anyone and then return to make comments. Then you will be meeting principle 11 as well.

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