Our Media Not Theirs: Rally for Media Reform
WhenMonday 17 June 2013
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University of Westminster, 309 Regents Street, London W1W 6UW
The last year has given us an unprecedented understanding of the power of the owners and editors of the British press. The Leveson Inquiry showed that a handful of people have the power to destroy lives, make deals with Prime Ministers, collude with corrupt police – and to label anyone who criticises them as an enemy of ‘free speech’.
The unaccountable power of media corporations undermines our democracy: it leads to politicians who care more about Daily Mail headlines than their citizens, allows cover ups like the Hillsborough disaster, and excludes millions of ordinary people who never see their lives or opinions reflected in the mainstream media.
We want to see world where media moguls are cut down to size, where journalists can stand up to bullying editors, where investigative journalism is protected, and where the media is seen as a public good, not a channel of influence for the super-rich.
Speakers will include:
- Bob McChesney, founder of FreePress
- Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary NUJ
- Owen Jones, columnist and author of ‘Chavs’
- Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party
- Professor Steve Barnett, University of Westminster
- tbc, Trans Media Watch
- Justin Schlosberg, author of ‘Power beyond Scrutiny’