Anyone who still thinks that we have a free press in Britain, in any meaningful sense, should watch this.
It’s old, but telling. – In fact our press is about as ‘free’ as the Mafia was in 1920s America, and in much the same way. The Daily Mail has long been our substitute for, or equivalent of, Fascism on the Continent – English, lower-middle class, family-centred, nostalgic, superficially friendly, but also prejudiced, hostile towards the weak, and dangerous; followed closely by the Express and the Sun. Hence our disgracefully low placing on most current global indexes of ‘press freedom’, which I’ve noted before: https://bernardjporter.com/2017/04/30/press-freedom/.
The right-wing press isn’t the cause of all our current national poison; but it’s the conduit through which it flows.