Fighting state surveillance
A range of speakers addressed the manifold issues arising from state surveillance at a public meeting held in the NUJ Headquarters on 10 December. It was argued that these could not be considered in isolation from the prevailing escalation in counter-terror powers and global securitisation.
The man who walked beside Mandela
…To replace the plastic and metal Mandelas with flesh and blood, I spoke to Danny Schechter. Schechter knew Mandela personally, and more deeply, than any other American journalist. One of the great reporters of our generation, Schechter produced South Africa Now, a weekly program seen on PBS, from 1988-91, bringing Mandela's case to Americans dumbed and numbed by Ronald Reagan's red-baiting.
Free speech campaigners launch drive for independent press regulator
Leading free speech campaigners and journalists including Sir Harold Evans, former Editor of the Sunday Times, today announced plans to develop a new press regulator which will be independent of newspaper proprietors and politicians.
Sir Tim launches citizen's web campaign
FINANCIAL TIMES. London, 5 December 2013. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web (pictured left), has thrown his weight behind a new campaign to encourage people across the world to fight back against online censorship and surveillance, writes Robert Cookson in the Financial Times on 5 December.
In a letter to the Financial Times on Thursday, Sir Tim wrote that "now is the time for citizens to mobilise to demand that governments and companies respect and protect our basic freedoms online".
Publish and be proud
Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger (pictured left) is to appear before the House of Commons home affairs select committee tomorrow (3 December) to be questioned about the revelation of NSA and GCHQ surveillance leaked by the Edward Snowden and published by the Guardian and Observer.
This NUJ chapel, representing the overwhelming majority of journalists at both titles, strongly supports the editor's decision to publish this information of vital public interest and his defence of the freedom of the press to hold government and corporate interests to account.
New Labour's fatal flaw: an addiction to spin
All honour to ex-spin doctor Damian McBride, writes Nicholas Jones in his review of McBride's new book, for trying to shield Gordon Brown from any blame for the numerous attempts he made to smear political colleagues and opponents of the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and Prime Minister. But Brown, like Tony Blair before him, cannot shirk responsibility for having encouraged a culture which created a generation of aggressive attack dogs for whom un-attributable briefings became a way of life.
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Post-War Free Press and Creativity Seminar with Redeye, the Photography Network
Redeye, the Photography Network, a not for profit photography organisation based in Manchester, is holding a one-day seminar on Post-war free press and creativity at the Imperial War Museum North, the Quays, Manchester, on the 1st of December (11:15am to 3:45pm).
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Production Orders- A Threat to Press Freedom
The National Union of Journalists is keeping up the pressure on the government to refuse police additional powers to strengthen what are known as production orders. It has been campaigning against changing the Police and Criminal Evidence Act which would give them even greater powers to seize material from the news media.
As it stands, the Police currently have to prove they had tried themselves to obtain the necessary images or evidence, however if the proposed changes are introduced, this caveat would be removed and their ability to seize Special Procedure Material would become a matter of routine, seriously and negatively impacting UK press freedom.
This latest CPBF podcast explores the threat facing those who report, photograph and film events where public order is at stake and hears of the efforts by the NUJ's legal officer Roy Mincoff and Photojournalist Jason Parkinson, to keep Police powers at bay.
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DOWNLOAD FREEPRESS NOW
Download Freepress in PDF, ePub or mobi format. Issue 196 now available.
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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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european journalism centre
jihad unspun - 'a clear view of the war against terror'
world association for christian communication (WACC)
bad subjects: political education for everyday life - from the University of California at Berkeley
truth out - a US Democrat news site
Middle East Media Guide
allmediascotland - a directory and portal for the scottish media industry
spinwatch - monitoring PR and spin in the public interest (independent UK-based group)
ePolitix - get your own e-mail news feed
Institute for War and Peace Reporting
One World TV
Alliance for Lobbying Transparency
community media association
notwar.net - quirky international peace group with details of hundreds of campaigning peace groups
wordpower: books to change our world
Liberty's 'yourrights' online provides information and access to advice on human rights issues such as free expression and privacy as well as information on the specific rights of various individuals and groups.
columbia journalism review
campaign for freedom of information
the memory hole
red pepper - campaigning journal & web site
information clearing house
signs of the times
medialens: the real news from the US
alter-eu - The Alliance for Lobbying Transparency and Ethics Regulation
International News Safety Institute
Brass Check TV
US Free Press
new internationalist online
media watch mailing list
michael moore's site
pr watch's 'spin of the day'
RAM (Refugees, Asylum-seekers and the Mass media) project bulletin
who owns what - from columbia journalism review
world association of community radio broadcasters
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.
ideosphere: non-profit media consultancy (sweden)
bectu (broadcast, entertainment, cinematograph and theatre union)
Civil Rights Movement
sp media watch
media alliance (US)
international federation of journalists
Exiled Journalists Network
national union of journalists (UK & Ireland)
Observatoire Français des Médias (French only)
undercurrents (for the news you don't see on the news)