Khomeini’s  and David Cameron’s take on Freedom of Press


“At the time of the victory of the Revolution, we noted that we recognize freedom of the press: nevertheless, any treason or conspiracy will be seriously and intolerably stopped. The press is obliged to avoid inciting or headlines or ones that are untrue. They should regulate themselves with the current of the Revolution; besides, they should avoid publishing articles that are damaging the Revolution and cause discord, for this is seen as a conspiracy itself”

“I advise the executives in the press and media and the men of speech to abandon spreading rumors and not to publish useless matters and false subjects just to increase their circulation, for if any conspiracy or corruption is felt, people will treat them in a different way. Do not exploit freedom and do not abandon the course taken by the nation and avoid exaggerating insignificant events for there lies the interest of the country and the nation.”

“Are they (the newspapers) allowed to curse people? Are they allowed to slander people? Such freedom cannot be existed. There cannot be freedom of conspiracy. If a newspaper wants to conspire and follow the path trodden by the enemies of the nation and propagate whatever the enemies of the nation do -- if that is what they do— the nation cannot accept such liberties”

David Cameron:

“If they don't demonstrate some social responsibility it will be very difficult for government to stand back and not to act.”

Cameron on Friday accused Snowden and unnamed newspapers of assisting Britain's enemies by helping them avoid surveillance by its intelligence services, saying it was going to be harder to keep Britain safe as a result.

“I don't want to have to use injunctions or D-notices (publication bans) or the other tougher measures. I think it's much better to appeal to newspapers' sense of social responsibility,”


Final line in George Orwell’s Animal Farm:

Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs. The creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already it was impossible to say which was which.