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IMPRESS seeks recognition under the Royal Charter

IMPRESS, the Independent Monitor for the Press announces today that it is preparing to seek recognition under the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press. The Charter gives effect to the principles of independent and effective regulation defined by Lord Justice Leveson after his ground-breaking inquiry into press standards.

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Democracy needs truth-telling

Truth-telling can be impossible when crucial (and sometimes illegal) government policies remain hidden from the public. Whistleblowing is essential for bringing such policies into the light: exposing key information related to human rights violations, corporate malfeasance, the environment, civil liberties and war.

We must stand up for a free press, individual privacy, governmental and corporate transparency, due process and rule of law as we seek to reveal official information that the public has a right to know.

The London leg of the international Stand Up for Truth whistleblowers speaking tour is being co-organised by the Media Reform Coalition and the Campaign for Press & Broadcasting Freedom, supported by the NUJ, Whistleblowing International Network and Public Concern at Work.Stand Up for Truth: Whistleblowers speaking tour LondonMonday, 1 June 2015 from 18:30 to 21:00 at Birkbeck (University of London) Main building, Room B35 (entrance on Torrington Square) London WC1E 7HX

Speakers: Daniel Ellsberg (who released the 'Pentagon Papers' to the New York Times and other newspapers in 1971), Thomas Drake (whistleblower and former senior executive at the National Security Agency), Jesselyn Radack (director of National Security & Human Rights at the US Government Accountability Project - GAP), Coleen Rowley (former attorney, FBI special agent and whistleblower), Norman Solomon (executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy, coordinator of ExposeFacts, and co-founder and coordinator of online action group & Justin Schlosberg (lecturer in Journalism and Media at Birkbeck College, University of London, and an Edmund J. Safra Network Fellow at Harvard University).

More information and booking on the Media Reform Coalition website.
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Media reform campaigners speak up for the BBC

The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) and the Media Reform Coalition (MRC) have criticised some of the BBC’s most vocal opponents in the press for their concerted attack on the future of the Corporation. With discussions on Charter renewal due to run for 18 months, the role of the new culture secretary John Whittingdale will be pivotal. His surprise appointment was described as a ‘declaration of war’ against the BBC by the Daily Telegraph with the Sun arguing that this was ‘payback time’ for ‘decades of BBC bias against the Tories’.

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Media coverage of the 2015 election campaign

The fifth in a series of reports by the Loughborough University Communication Research Centre on national news reporting of the 2015 UK General Election was published on 11 May. The results are derived from detailed content analysis of election coverage produced on the weekdays (i.e. Monday to Friday inclusive) between 30th March and 7th May from the following news outlets: Television: Channel 4 News (7pm), Channel 5 News (6.30pm), BBC1 News at 10, ITV1 News at 10, BBC2 Newsnight, Sky News 8-8.30pm Press: The Guardian, Independent, Times, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Mirror, Sun, Star and Metro We analysed all election news found in the entire duration of all television programmes. For the press, we included election news found on the front page, the first two pages of the domestic news section, the first two pages of any specialist election section and the page containing and facing the papers’ leader editorials. More at:

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