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MPs and London Assembly members back Newsquest strikers

Members of the London Assembly have pledged to support Newsquest journalists in the capital. A delegation of striking Newsquest journalists, led by Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, met Assembly members representing the Conservatives, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Green Party.

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TUC launches BECTU petition to save the BBC

The Conservative manifesto pledged to freeze the BBC licence fee for another 5 years. On top of the freezes they’ve handed the BBC already it adds up to more than a decade of stealth cuts to our national broadcaster. The BBC is being systematically starved, and keeping this up for another five years will bring the greatest independent global broadcaster to its knees. Entire services will be cut, well-loved series dumped and thousands of jobs will be lost.

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European Court deals a blow to online freedom of expression

On 16 June the Grand Chamber of the European Court issued a judgement in Delfi AS v. Estonia (no.64569/09), a case about the news portal's liability for comments made on its website. In response to the decision, Thomas Hughes, Executive Director of ARTICLE 19 commented, “The European Court has delivered a serious blow to freedom of expression online, displaying a worrying lack of understanding of the issues surrounding intermediary liability, and the way in which the internet works.

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Labour to fight for licence fee increase

The Labour Party will fight for the BBC to secure some form of increase in the licence fee during charter renewal, according to the shadow culture secretary writes Broadcast’s Hannah Gannage-Stewart. Speaking at an event at Westminster yesterday evening to mark Broadcast’s Backing the BBC campaign, Chris Bryant backed the licence fee for another 10 years and said the BBC should get “a bit more money” otherwise it will “wither on the vine”. More at:

There is a report of the 10 June meetingat:

Also read Neil Midgley why BBC journalism is under threat at:

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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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