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HARD PRESSED: Two events on the future of the media, March 16th, 2012

By Bristol NUJ and Bristol Festival of Ideas, supported by MediaAct and Mediawise

Hacked to bits: Restoring public trust in journalism 

The 2012 Benn Debate, 7.30pm Friday March 16th, Arnolfini, Bristol. Tickets £6.50 and £5.00 concessions and NUJ members

The reputation of journalism is in tatters after revelations about phone hacking, still being unravelled by the Leveson Inquiry and several police investigations.

Soon the focus will shift onto how the press – and the online media – can be regulated in a rapidly-changing landscape.

No-one wants a repetition of the abuses unveiled recently. But many are fearful that more effective regulation will mean politicians can dictate how the media is run.

Bristol NUJ has brought together a remarkable panel of nationally-known figures to debate these vital issues

Lord Hunt – chairman of the Press Complaints Commission and former Conservative Cabinet minister

Christopher Jefferies – a happily retired school teacher until he was libelled by several newspapers over the Jo Yeates murder

Prof Epp Lauk – chair of the Estonian Press Council and an academic expert on press regulation and the culture of the press across Europe, with a particular focus on emerging democracies

Thais Portilho-Shrimpton – co-ordinator of the Hacked Off campaign against phone hacking, she has kept a close vigil on the Leveson Inquiry and knows many of the key figures who have given evidence

Richard Peppiatt – a former Daily Star reporter, he has spoken out about how he felt obliged to make up stories and how he felt the Star had an anti-Muslim agenda


PAGE ONE – Inside the New York Times: 5.30pm Friday March 16th, Arnolfini, Bristol. Tickets £6.50 and £5.00 concessions and NUJ members

First showing in Bristol of this remarkable fly-on-the-wall film about one of the world’s great newspapers as it faces up to the challenges of a revolution in the needs of media consumers.

ATTEND BOTH EVENTS FOR £11.50 or £8.50 concessions and NUJ members

Venue Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol, Avon BS1 4QA; 0117 917 230


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