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More than 100 MPs sign EDM on local journalism

1 April 2009

More than 100 MPs have signed a parliamentary motion, that calls on the UK government to demand guarantees about regional journalism before relaxing monopoly regulations or bailing out media companies.

The Office of Fair Trading is currently conducting a review of the rules of media ownership and mergers.

The NUJ believes bigger monopolies will mean more cuts – and that state aid would fund shareholder dividends and management bonuses unless enforceable conditions are laid down.

The union wants to make sure the government gets the message before the summit on regional media promised by Culture Secretary Andy Burnham. NUJ members are being asked to send a new letter to their MP – even those who have signed the EDM.

The EDM calls on Andy Burnham to demand public service journalism in return for government support.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ Deputy General Secretary, said:

"Any cricket fan knows that a wicket often falls after a century.
"While celebrating this great achievement we must keep our concentration and ensure that as many NUJ members as possible ask their MPs to sign the Early Day Motion and lobby the culture secretary.
"Please write – even if you have done it before or you think your MP is a hopeless case. We need to keep the issue of the regional media in the thoughts of parliamentarians.
"The letter can be easily amended for friends, family, colleagues and supporters from other trade unions to send too."

The union held a successful lobby of the House of Commons last week over the future of the regional media.

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