WhenMonday 1 December 2014
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Committee Room 10, House of Commons,London SW1A 0AA
The Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom and Media Reform Coalition are launching an initiative to promote communication rights and media reform in the run-up to the general election.
A consultation document will be launched in advance of a Media Manifesto to be published in March 2015.
The initiative puts forward proposals in four main areas:
- Controls on media ownership: to strengthen media diversity we need regulations to limit how much companies can own and require those with significant market shares to meet agreed standards.
- Independent, trusted and effective self-regulation of the press: implementation of the arrangements for press self-regulation put forward by the Leveson Inquiry in 2012. We need an effective right of reply to media inaccuracies, operated by a regulator that represents both the working journalists and the public.
- Well-funded, independent public service media: a charter renewal settlement in 2016 that results in a strong, independent BBC that is able to support the central role of public service media and its expansion across platforms, local neighbourhoods, and communities of interest. Action to strengthen the governance and democratization of public service media.
- Protection for communication rights: after phone-hacking the new scandal is the state’s snooping on a far larger scale – on journalists’ communications and everyone else’s. Government wants to legalise it and weaken the UK’s human rights framework.
At the launch event, Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary will join Chris Bryant, John McDonnell and other MPs, plus speakers from various media reform groups, trade unions and other civil society organisations.
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