NEW BOOKS FROM CPBF
NUJ concerns about the Data Retention Bill
The NUJ is campaigning against the latest proposals contained within the new parliamentary bill and is calling on the government to ensure the code of practice is drafted to protect the obligation of professional secrecy for journalists, media workers and other professionals.
BBC coverage of Gaza criticised
Former BBC Middle East correspondent Tim Llewellyn wrote to BBC Director General Tony Hall and passed the letter onto the Palestine Solidarity Campaign for publication. In his letter, Llewellyn takes issue with the BBC's constant headlines and reports which proclaim that "Israel's blitz on Gaza is in response to rocket fire from Gaza."
Scotland Yard still has 100 officers investigating journalists
Three and a half years after the launch of the Operation Weeting probe into hacking at the News of the World nearly 100 UK police officers are still investigating journalists.
Reclaim the media - events
The European citizens' media pluralism initiative, now known as the "Coalition for Media Pluralism", is promoting a public talk on "Immigration in the media" 6.30pm 16 July at
71a Leonard Street
London EC2A 4QS
The meeting will discuss how migrants and ethnic minorities are represented in the media and the role played by the media in the immigration debate.
The speakers include investigative journalism Jon Danzig and Guy Taylor from the Joint Commission for the Welfare of Immigrants. Des Freedman of the Media Reform Coalition - and the CPBF, of course - will be in the chair:
Please share with colleagues and promote however you can.
The Coalition is also organising a thunderclap to share this message:
“Take action to defend the right to a diverse and democratic media. Sign the citizens' initiative to #ReclaimtheMedia http://thndr.it/1lLN0Ln”
Sign up for the thunderclap here before 21 July. Only a few more supporters needed.
Make your protest 'noisy and sustained' #solidarity
A "noisy and sustained protest" was called for as journalists met a week after the jailing of three Al Jazeera journalists, to show their solidarity and to discuss how to ratchet up an international campaign to have them set free.
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Reporting NHS privatisation
Since 1948, the NHS has been publically funded, and free to all at the point of need, however, it's now undergoing massive reforms and campaigners say that it's being broken up, privatised and changed beyond recognition. Services will suffer and the NHS as we know it will be no more. Despite this, the reporting of the decimation of the NHS has been sketchy, and although local papers and radio have produced some compelling stories, national coverage has been minimal in detailing these complex issues.
Keep Our NHS Public is a campaign aimed at raising public awareness and Nick Jones speaks to John Lister, Jill George, Roger Gartland and Jean Smith about their lobbying efforts.
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Sign up for a better media
We need policies to ensure media plurality in the UK and Europe. You can take one simple step to help us to get that. Sign up to the European Initiative for Media Pluralism and spread the word.
DOWNLOAD FREEPRESS NOW
Download Freepress in PDF, ePub or mobi format. Issues 197,198 and 199 are now available in PDF format only.
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MEDIA FOR ALL CONFERENCE
Papers from the Media for All Conference
The media’s job is to inform and entertain us but we rely on them too to tell us what our rulers and representatives are up to. In the run-up to the Iraq war the government used spin and disinformation in the media to create panic and mislead people. The truth is coming out now, but we need stronger, more independent media to be able to scrutinise governments and make informed choices.
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send e-mail to altmedia (you have to subscribe first)
media communications policy resources (from Katharine Sarikakis of Leeds university)
Taking Sides weblog on IRAQ
medialens: the real news from the US
information clearing house
alter-eu - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation
arab media watch
new internationalist online
media alliance (US)
europa: 'an internet site covering Europe as a common area of freedom, security and justice' - web site of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Justice and Home Affairs
Civil Rights Movement
who owns what - from columbia journalism review
spinwatch - monitoring PR and spin in the public interest (independent UK-based group)
writers' guild of great britain
Corporate Europe Observatory: CEO is a European-based research and campaign group targeting the threats to democracy, equity, social justice and the environment posed by the economic and political power of corporations and their lobby groups.
world association for christian communication (WACC)
British Helsinki Human Rights Group
international federation of journalists
Observatoire Français des Médias (French only)
campaign for freedom of information
Alliance for Lobbying Transparency
stop war web site
committee to protect journalists
wordpower: books to change our world
Ofcom website - the uk's broadcasting and telecoms regulator
Brass Check TV
RAM (Refugees, Asylum-seekers and the Mass media) project bulletin
subscribe to 'the weekly spin'
cris - the campaign for communication rights in the information society
AllConferences.Com - Directory of Conferences, conventions, exhibits, seminars, workshops, events, trade shows and business meetings. Includes calendar, dates, location, web site, contact and registration information.
pr watch's 'spin of the day'
vertigo - independent UK film magazine
Pressnet: Journalists, Journalism and Mass Media in Internet.
US Free Press
International Women's Media Foundation - US based organisation aimed at increasing women's participation in the media.
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
cultural studies mailing list (FAQ)
Index on Censorship - international campaign for free expression, based on publication and website
European Institute for the Media
british journalism review
Exiled Journalists Network
NUJ New Media industrial council
signs of the times
world association of community radio broadcasters