LA News Release, "Abolish Ofcom and Its Broadcasting Code" (October 2004)

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In Association with the Libertarian International

Release Date: 13th October 2004
Release Time: Immediate

Contact Details:
Chris R. Tame, 07957 644 519,
Sean Gabb, 07956 472 199,


OFCOM (The Office of Communications), the regulatory body for broadcasting in the UK, should be abolished, together with its proposed new Code for Broadcasting, says the Libertarian Alliance, the radical free market and civil liberties think tank and pressure group, in evidence presented to OFCOM during its public consultancy on the future Broadcasting Code

Libertarian Alliance Director, Dr. Chris Tame commented:

"Just as there is no OFPUB (Office of Publications), regulating the publication and contents of books, so there should be no OFCOM (Office of Communications). All broadcasting should be free of any form of regulation or control and censorship by the State.
"In its Consultation Document OFCOM states that 'freedom of expression is an essential human right', but then proceeds to outline and defend a draconian system of 'necessary ... regulation', alleged 'protection of children', the imposition of alleged 'balance' and of 'generally accepted standards' on various sexual and moral issues, and the protection of people and various groups and religions from alleged 'harm' and 'offence', amongst many other forms of censorship and interference.
"This is an Orwellian charade. There is either free speech, or there is not. The sickly mixture of PC platitudes and the touchy-feely language of 'protection' in OFCOM's report is different from the more brutal advocacy of censorship by Nazis, Communists, old school Socialists and Colonel Blimp Conservatives - but the result is the same. There is no such thing as 'regulated free speech'. OFCOM simply defends and systematises an intolerable and illiberal censorship in its new Broadcasting Code."

The Libertarian Alliance thus urges the abandonment of the proposed Code and the immediate closure of OFCOM. In their place a totally unregulated, that is, a really free market in broadcasting should be allowed to come into existence.


Note(s) to Editors

Dr Sean Gabb is the Director of the Libertarian Alliance. He is the author of ten novels and ten other books, plus about a million words of journalism. He can be contacted for further comment on 07956 472 199 or by email at

His latest novel, The Break, has been nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

His recent book, Freedom of Speech in England: Its Present State and Likely Prospects, is a defence of freedom of speech without exceptions. 

Or his book, Cultural Revolution, Culture War: How Conservatives Lost England, and How to Get It Back, explains how its current ruling class has turned England into a totalitarian police state, and how this ruling class can be overthrown and utterly destroyed.

Or another of his books, Smoking, Class and the Legitimation of Power, explains how the current "war" on smoking has nothing to do with making individuals healthy, but everything to do with enhancing the power of a totalitarian ruling class, and enriching its relevant client groups.

You can see other books by Sean Gabb here.

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