Witnessed from across the Atlantic, the UK's heated debate over Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry into the press after a phone-hacking scandal must be startling.
Surely such a venerable democracy would never contemplate using legislation to regulate journalists? The notion is no doubt unthinkable to American citizens, whose freedoms are protected by the Bill of Rights.
Well, Brits are considering ways to regulate the press, and they should. I say this as a singer and songwriter who believes in free speech, because this isn't about censorship. It's about two concepts of freedom that derive from our very different histories.
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