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Botched coup gives Erdogan the green light for massive purges

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The failure of the coup launched by a faction of the military on 15 July has resulted in a massive purge by the Erdogan's government, while the reckless military adventurism has weakened, possibly fatally, what was left of the country's democratic framework. In addition it left more than 200 dead and over 1,500 injured, mostly civilians who went onto the streets to resist the coup.

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Save Public Broadcasting


The CPBF has produced a special report on its response to the recent Government White Paper on the current BBC Charter Review.

It believes that the government’s plans for the BBC and public service broadcasting threaten that system and the whole ecology of British broadcasting.

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EU Referendum: a cowed BBC, hardly the broadcasters finest hour

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Broadcasters, like print journalists, are rightly being challenged by leading figures on the Remain side for the news media’s failure during the EU Referendum campaign to exercise sufficient scrutiny over the claims being made by Leave supporters. Based on my 30 years as a BBC correspondent, from well before the 1975 referendum, I am in no doubt as to how viewers and listeners were short changed.

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Replace the licence fee and don't privatise Channel 4 says Puttnam Inquiry


The Inquiry chaired by Lord Puttnam and based in theDepartment of Media and Communications at Goldsmiths was set up in November 2015 to focus on the purposes of television in an era characterised by technological transformations, shifts in audience consumption habits, and changes in cultural and political attitudes. Its report, The Future for Public Service Television, launched at the British Academy on Wednesday 29 June, reflects on the extent to which the UK’s most popular television channels have addressed these issues and whether they continue to represent the interests and tell the stories of all the citizens of the UK. Above all, it seeks to highlight the conditions that may allow for the production and circulation of high quality, creative and relevant public service content in these increasingly complex circumstances.

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Justice Committee recommendation would ‘seriously undermine FOI Act'
Don't let them scrap the BBC News Channel
Government on back foot over Leveson Part 2
Supporting the Hillsborough families
Investigatory Powers Bill: NUJ parliamentary briefing
Investigative journalists voice alarm
CPBF criticises BBC White Paper
Decades on from Hillsborough, our media's still broken
No hiding place for those who violate media freedom
Hillsborough verdict gives hope to Orgreave campaign
Off the agenda: Why press silence speaks volumes about the dangers of concentrated media
Speak in safety:parliamentary event 11 April
Newsquest is forcing staff to decide: sign new contract or lose job
Can and Erdem face second court hearing but no arrests
Outrage as court orders secret trial of journalists
Entertainment unions launch alternative vision for BBC
State hackers and spies could intercept journalist communication


Freedom of Information at risk?
Hard-won 'rights to know' might be restricted by future expenditure cuts in Whitehall and campaigners fear the Freedom of Information Act could become a target for efficiency savings. Listen to our latest podcast about threats to FOI, with Nicholas Jones.
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