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The freedom of the press or the fear factor?: Analysing political decisions and non-decisions in British media policy 1990-2012
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. (Centre for Study of Democracy and Communication)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2734-5821
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Media and Communication Science. (Centre for Study of Democracy and Communication)
2015 (English)In: OBS - Observatorio, ISSN 1646-5954, E-ISSN 1646-5954, Vol. 9, no 1, 001-016 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The four British Prime Ministers giving testimony to the Leveson Inquiry choose not to confront the media on issues of large-scale media abuse. "A missed opportunity", John Major said. "I think you certainly do fear the power being directed at you", Tony Blair declared. "We had no mandate", Gordon Brown asserted. The relationship between the media and politicians "has become too close", David Cameron stated. How did this closeness come about? This article discusses the political actors' decisions and non-decisions with regard to possible media policy strategies in Britain during four different Prime Ministers in the period between 1990 and 2012. The four cases examine media policy goals, values, contexts and alternatives offered for every Prime Minister. Their testimonies to the Leveson Inquiry are used for a comparison of media policy decision strategies during the examined period. Copyright © 2015 (Lars W Nord and Torbjörn Von Krogh).

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2015. Vol. 9, no 1, 001-016 p.
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(Non) decision-making, Britain, Fear of the press, Freedom of the press, Leveson Inquiry, Media policy, Rational choice
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Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-25924DOI: 10.7458/obs912015817ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84923855481Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-25924DiVA: diva2:856219
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