Please join us for the launch of our Media Manifesto to promote media reform as an election issue.
Our event is on Wednesday 18 March at 6.30pm in Committee Room 9, House of Commons.
Hosted by John McDonnell MP, speakers from the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and Media Reform Coalition will be joined by special guests, but we want to ensure this is also a productive meeting of organisations and individuals to discuss the Manifesto proposals and ways of promoting media reforms before and after the General Election.
We do hope you can join us for this open event from 6.30-8.00pm. Please RSVP me if you would like to receive a formal invitation and further details.
The Media Manifesto has been produced by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom in conjunction with the Media Reform Coalition. We launched a consultation on the Manifesto in Parliament in December and invited media reform groups, trade unions and other civil society organisations, and individuals, to submit ideas and respond to our proposals.
That public consultation that has shaped the Manifesto we will launch this month. There are five main proposals:
* Controls on media ownership
* Independent, trusted and effective regulation of the press
* Well-funded, independent public service media
* Protection for communication rights
* Action on lobbying and transparency
Now we encourage everyone interested in media reform to join us in raising these issues with Parliamentary candidates and parties. We want a full public discussion in order to produce a vibrant movement for media reform that sets out achievable and progressive reforms towards a diverse and democratic media.
The scandal of phone hacking surfaced in 2011 just in time to prevent one company, Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, from controlling the largest newspaper and pay-TV group in the UK, a move backed by the then Culture minister Jeremy Hunt. Since then we have had ample evidence of the collusion between top media executives, senior politicians and leading police officers.
There is strong public demand for fairer media that can be independent of government and business, and more responsive to the concerns of ordinary people. This remains the best opportunity for a generation to win political support for the changes required to deliver a more accountable, diverse and responsive media.
Do join us on 18 March and make media reform a key election issue.
Secretary, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom
Dr Jonathan Hardy BA MA PhD FHEA
Reader in Media Studies,
School of Arts and Digital Industries,
University of East London, Docklands Campus
London E16 2RD
Tel: +44 (0)20 8223 6266
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