The impact of Rupert Murdoch’s decision to close the News of the World, combined with the phone hacking and police bribery scandals affecting his media empire, continue to send shockwaves through the world of journalism.
Is there a need now for more media regulation? Have journalists lost their way, or are politicians using the scandal to divert attention from the lack of public trust in elected representatives? Can public regard for journalism get any lower, or how can it be restored?
Most of all, where do we go from here? The NUJ has a long commitment to protecting professional journalism and quality as well as defending our members’ jobs.
That’s why the union has organised a meeting this Thursday (July 14) in Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London WC1R 4RL at 7.00 pm to consider the prospects for media life after the end of the World.
Speakers at the event include : NUJ parliamentary group leader John McDonnell MP; Tom Watson MP – who raised tirelessly in parliament the issue of News International abuse of journalistic standards; Eminent Irish financial journalist Martin Fitzpatrick, a member of the Irish Press Council and an expert on press regulation; NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet
Other speakers are being confirmed as the story of standards in journalism evolves from day to day.
While the event is mainly intended for NUJ members, the union will be delighted to welcome others with an interest in the issues.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure a place.