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Wapping exhibition moves to Bishopsgate, London

16 September 2011

The Wapping exhibition moves back to London from 9 January until 29 February, as Rupert Murdoch's newspapers find themelves under the scutiny of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.

The exhibition marks 25 years since the sacking of 5,500 newspaper print workers during the bitter 1986 dispute between Rupert Murdoch and the print unions.

The Wapping dispute occurred at a time of unrelenting attacks on jobs, union rights and communities in the 1980s starting with Eddie Shah's Stockport Messenger, the year-long miners strike and culminating with the News International dispute that began after News International – owners of The Times, Sunday Times, The Sun and the now closed News of the World – sacked thousands of its staff when it moved production overnight to Wapping in East London.

The exhibition highlighting the 13-month struggle that the employees staged to save their jobs and protect trade union rights.

The exhibition will open at the Bishopgate Institute Library, 230 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 4QH.

The exhibition is open from Monday to Thursday and Saturday 10:00-5:30 and on Friday 10:00-14:00, Monday 9 January until Sunday 29 February 2012.

Dramatic images, photographs and accounts of the dispute – when Rupert Murdoch used his vast wealth, aided by the Conservatives' anti-union legislation to facilitate the dash to Wapping – will be on display.

The multimedia exhibition has been organised by Unite, the National Union of Journalists, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and the Marx Memorial Library.

For further information, contact the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom:

tel: 07831 676587
email: freepress@cpbf.org.uk

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