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17 November 2011
A panel of experts from the worlds of journalism, politics, and academia will lead an open debate at the University to explore where the public, Government and the press now stand in the wake of recent media scandals.
On Thursday 24 November, the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies will host the event Hacked off: Reform, Regulation, Democracy and the Press, organised by the Co-ordinating Committee for Media Reform (CCMR).
The panellists for the debate are:
Professor Ian Hargreaves, Chair of Digital Economy in the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School and former Financial Times Journalist, regulator, and political communicator
Bethan Jenkins AM, Plaid Cymru Media Spokesperson
Martin Moore, Director of the Media Standards Trust and Hacked Off campaign
Martin Shipton, Western Mail Chief Reporter
Rob Williams, Online Sub Editor of the Independent (speaking in a personal capacity)
The chair for the evening will be Professor Bob Franklin of the School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies.
Attendees to this Question Time-style event will be given an opportunity to hear the views of the expert panellists before joining the debate themselves.
The debate will address and attempt to answer questions including: Are our politicians too cosy with newspaper barons like the Murdoch’s?; What happens when the press get too close to the police?; Should journalists be more accountable to the public?; Does the current regulator (the PCC) have enough teeth to keep the press in line?; and what does this scandal mean for the press in Wales?
Hacked Off starts at 6.00 pm in the Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute Building with a reception beforehand from 5.30 pm. The lecture is free but people wishing to attend should register their interest and bring their e-ticket along on the night. Places can be reserved here.
The Co-ordinating Committee for Media Reform (CCMR) was set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal to co-ordinate the work of advocacy groups and campaigners trying to protect the public interest in wake of the continuing phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry.
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