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Stand Up For Journalism: democracy and ownership in the age of big media and internet titans


Wednesday 5 November 2014

Drinks reception at 17.00 for 17.30 start.

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Bute Building, Cardiff University, King Edward VII Ave, Castle CF10 3NB


Speakers: Michelle Stanistreet, general secretary of the National Union of Journalists; Granville Williams, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom, editor of Big Media and Internet Titans and Martin Shipton, chief reporter, Media Wales, and chair of the NUJ's Trinity Mirror group chapel.

In recent years we have seen more and more evidence of the dark side of media power in UK public life.

The phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry showed us how the power of figures like Rupert Murdoch has penetrated into politics, the Met Police, and countless other areas of British elite and everyday life.

Alongside these abuses by totemic representatives of the old media world, we have seen the new digital media giants coping with scandal after scandal, notably around invasions of privacy, blanket surveillance, links with the secret state, and contributions to the public purse through taxation.

This panel event will highlight the dramatic challenges posed by excessive media power, both in the hands of the newspapers and traditional broadcasters, as well as the emerging giants of digital communication such as Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook. Fittingly held on European Stand Up For Journalism Day, three leading practitioners and thinkers in the field will discuss media ownership, regulation, and the democratic challenges faced by politicians which need to be overcome before we can nurture a diverse, democratic, and accountable news media.

The event will serve as a launch for the new book Big Media and Internet Titans. Media ownership: the democratic challenge, edited by Granville Williams with contributions from leading journalists, campaigners and academics, published by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

This is a free ticketed event, reserve your tickets here.


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Julie Jewell

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