"Hard pressed" - MediaAcT supports debate on the future of the media in Bristol
The reputation of British journalism is at rock bottom, and still the Leveson Inquiry is uncovering new allegations of abuses by the national press. How do we move to a system that regulates the media effectively, but doesn't give control to the State? How can the public hold an independent media to account - and how does the internet change the picture? MediaAcT supports the debate "Hacked to Bits: Rebuilding Public Trust in Journalism After Phone Hacking" on 16 March 2012 in the city of Bristol, UK.
The event is organised by the Bristol Branch of the National Union of Journalists, Bristol Festival of Ideas, MediaWise and UWE, with input from MediaAcT consortium members Mike Jempson and Wayne Powell.
The debate is chaired by Donnacha DeLong, NUJ President with: Lord Hunt, Chair of the Press Complaints Commission and former Conservative Cabinet minister; Christopher Jefferies, libelled by several newspapers over the Jo Yeates murder; Mike Norton, editor, Bristol Evening Post; Richard Peppiatt, formerly Daily Star; Thais Porthilo-Shrimpton, co-ordinator of the Hacked Off campaign.
Preliminary results from the MediaAcT survey of journalists will be presented.
The debate starts on Friday, 16. March 2012, 19.30.
See videos of the Benn debate on Youtube.
Text and Photo: Bristol Festival of Ideas
MediaAct News – March 13, 2012