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Manifesto launched, now support the campaign

Our media manifesto, produced jointly with the Media Reform Coalition, was launched at a very successful meeting in Parliament on 18 March. See the report here.

You can download a PDF of the manifesto from the CPBF website here.

The election is now only six weeks away and the campaign for media reform is increasingly urgent. So we can campaign effectively to get reform on the political agenda, the CPBF has launched a crowdfunding appeal with IndieGoGo.

Please support the appeal – and give whatever you can afford - in order to help us organise meetings, lobbying, publicity and interventions during the election period and beyond.

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Lords report backs IMPRESS

Jonathan Heawood

IMPRESS's Jonathan Heawood

IMPRESS, the Leveson compliant and independent regulator has welcomed this week’s House of Lords report into the future of press regulation. The report comes after a short inquiry intending to investigate the current state of play for press regulation, following the publication of the Leveson report in 2012, the agreement of a Royal Charter on the self-regulation of the press and the closure of the Press Complaints Commission in September last year.

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Media Manifesto's Parliamentary Premiere

Speakers at the 2015 Media Manifesto launch in the House of Commons. Clockwise from top left: John McDonnell MP, Andy Smith, Tony Burke, Tom Watson MP and Amelia Womack.

Speakers at the 2015 Media Manifesto launch in the House of Commons. Clockwise from top left: John McDonnell MP, Andy Smith, Tony Burke, Tom Watson MP and Amelia Womack. Photos © Barry White, 2015.

THE PARTIES in the UK general election have been briefed on the policies needed for media reform, since the Media Manifesto was launched in Parliament on 18 March.

MPs, campaigners and union leaders spoke at the launch, where the politicians said their own manifestos should make the same pledges to limit the market power of Big Media and institute a fairer system of regulation.

Labour MP John McDonnell said the prospects for the party committing itself were higher than ever before. “People are up for the debate on media ownership,” he said. “As a natural pessimist I am optimistic about this.”

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Media activist Danny Shechter dies at 73

Danny Schechter

Danny 'The News Dissector' Schechter (1942-2015). 'If there was a Godfather to the modern media-reform/media-democracy movement,' said friend and colleague Jeff Cohen, 'it was Danny.' Photo: Courtesy of Common Dreams, 2015.

The progressive community in the US and beyond is mourning the loss and celebrating the life of friend and colleague Danny Schechter... after news broke that the veteran journalist, filmmaker, and warrior for social justice died on Thursday (19 March) after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to the Common Dreams website.

A note posted late Thursday night on the Mediachannel website, which Schechter co-founded, said simply:

“There’s no easy way to say it
Our friend Danny died earlier today.
He was, and is, loved."

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