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Charlie Hebdo: the debate's not over

The massacre at the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris raises all kinds of questions about security, religion, media ethics and social responsibility.

After initial reactions of horror and outrage, there is space to consider if not definitively answer them—because to some of them there probably is no answer.

But lots of people and parties are discussing them and the CPBF website is joining the debates, with two blog contributions from Free Press editor Tim Gopsill, here and here.

Not all will agree with him but everyone is encouraged to respond. Add your comments on the site – or supporters can offer blog contributions of their own. Email them to

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Real Media To Meet In Manchester

News about an event in February “to campaign against mass media distortion and for public interest journalism" in the run-up to May's General Election. CPBF will be supporting this event and will be present at the Friends' Meeting House in Manchester:

We are planning something big in the lead up to the general election and we want to use this to help you.

Real Media is a new campaign network hosting a series of events and actions to campaign against mass media distortion and for public interest journalism, in the lead up to the 2015 elections and beyond.

As part of this we are organising a UK gathering of publications, bloggers, media organisations and campaigns to facilitate this growing movement.

The gathering will take place on Saturday 28th February 11am - 5pm at the Friends Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester, M2 5NS.

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Nous Sommes Charlie - eyewitness report from Paris

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, has written a personal account of her participation in the march in Paris held on Sunday, 11 January, to commemorate the horrific events of the previous few days.

The original blog was published on 12 January at

Below, you can read a slightly revised version. For further updates, including photographs by Jess Hurd, go to

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Best chance of change for a generation

Natalie Fenton addresses the Manifesto launch meeting at the House of Commons
Natalie Fenton (right) speaks at the CPBF manifesto 2015 launch meeting in Parliament as, from left, John McDonnell and Des Freedman look on (Picture: Franc David).

The 2015 UK General Election will be “the best chance we have ever had to produce a manifesto that has some body of support behind it,” the CPBF’s Granville Williams told the launch meeting of the Media Manifesto in London on December 1. “This is about putting media reform back on the political agenda”.

Granville Williams, a veteran campaigner for media reform, said the CPBF had produced Media Manifestos since 1986. “We used to put them out just for the sake of showing what we would like to see in an ideal world because we were frozen out by New Labour. But all that changed in July 2010 when Murdoch decided to get the Tories to help him grab BSkyB. We had a successful campaign against it and that’s part of what we want to create in the run-up to the election.”

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