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Regulation. What regulation?

Peter Oborne's very public resignation from the Telegraph raises serious concerns. In an article for Open Democracy, the Telegraph's former Chief Political Correspondent makes a number of serious allegations about the lack of editorial integrity at the Telegraph Media Group.

He claims that Telegraph journalists have been prevented from pursuing investigations into stories which would harm the newspaper’s relationship with its major advertisers.(You can watch Oborne's interview for campaigning group 38 Degrees above, and read Des Freedman's trenchant blog post on this site.)

The Telegraph has called his article an ‘astonishing and unfounded attack, full of inaccuracy and innuendo’. In response, Oborne has called for an ‘independent review’ of ‘the relationship [at the Telegraph Media Group] between advertising and editorial.’

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2015 CPBF Annual General Meeting

Saturday 27 June 10.00am to 1.00 pm (Registration from 9.30am)

Post general election analysis and the future for media reform, plus election of national council for 2015/16 and lots more…

NUJ HQ, Headland House 308/312 Gray’s Inn Road, Kings Cross,

London WC1 (nearest tube/rail Kings Cross St. Pancras).

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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