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Media policy - what the party manifestos say

The Media Reform Coalition has done a round up of sections on media extracted from the party manifestos - Labour, Greens, Conservative, Lib Dems and UKIP. The SNP manifesto is being publihsed next week.For details read on:

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Union joins fray over Cameron's treatment of local journalists

The journalists’ union has joined the fray over Prime Minister David Cameron’s “heavy-handed” treatment of local press journalists during the election campaign after it was highlighted on Hold The Front Page. As reported this week, Mr Cameron’s entourage has prevented journalists from the Yorkshire Post, Huddersfield Daily Examiner and Nottingham Post from asking questions during recent campaign visits. Now National Union of Journalist’ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet has described the Tory spin-doctors’ treatment of local press journalists as a “travesty of democratic engagement.” The union says it will be seeking assurances from all the major political parties that journalists will be given fair access to candidates ahead of the election on 7 May. Read the story at:

Media reform campaigners welcome Labour's commitment to tackle media moguls

The Media Reform Coalition and the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom welcome Labour’s election manifesto commitment to protecting ‘the principle of media plurality’ and ‘preventing the concentration of media power in too few hands’.

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Scottish Statement on Media Reform

Media Ownership, Plurality and Democracy

To sustain a flourishing democracy in Scotland we will need diverse and independent voices in the media. Yet media concentration remains at worrying levels and a handful of corporations and individuals have considerable power over our news, cultural life and access to information. Instead of holding a mirror to society, they are a distorting force reflecting the financial and political interests of multinational conglomerates.

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Freedom of Information at risk?
Hard-won 'rights to know' might be restricted by future expenditure cuts in Whitehall and campaigners fear the Freedom of Information Act could become a target for efficiency savings. Listen to our latest podcast about threats to FOI, with Nicholas Jones.
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