• #GE2015 press most partisan in a generation?

    UK papers backed Tories over Labour by a margin of 5 to 1

  • Stand Up for Truth: June 1st @ Birkbeck

    Whistleblowers speaking tour London

  • Media policy - what the party manifestos say

  • Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership?

    What do the Election Manifestos reveal?

  • Labour’s manifesto shows a growing consensus for media reform

    ‘No media company should have so much power that those who run it believe themselves above the rule of law.’

  • Scottish Statement on Media Reform

    15 SNP, Labour and Scottish Green Party MSPs call for media reform

  • Public Calls for Action on Media Ownership Concentration

    Figures in a new poll reveal that there is overwhelming public support for action to confront the unaccountable power of media proprietors in the UK.

  • Manifesto for Media Reform launched

    What we're calling on politicians to do in the next parliament

  • Our media isn't like the weather, something we can't change and have to learn to accept.

    It's like it is because of conscious political and economic choices made by politicians and media owners.

    Different choices can be made, which would give us a different and better media, and we want your help to bring them about

SIGN OUR STATEMENT FOR MEDIA REFORM

WHY WE NEED MEDIA REFORM

Britain has one of the most concentrated media environments in the world.

The hacking scandal and its aftermath demonstrated how that power has been used nationally, whilst at local level community after community is losing the means to publicly hold power to account.

WHAT CAN WE DO?

Far from being something we have to live with, the media system we have today is a result of deliberate political choices.

We can make other choices, and do other things to get the kind of media our democracy needs.

TAKE ACTION

We can start that reform by telling our politicians that we care about our media and that we want something better.
WHY WE NEED REFORM
WHAT CAN BE DONE
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

We believe a truly democracy society needs a media that reflects the diversity of opinion in our society, not the narrow spectrum of views that constitute official public debate.

We believe that at national and local level, the powerful in public and corporate life need a media which holds them to account – and so does the media itself.

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IMPRESS to seek recognition under the Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press

Independent press regulation takes a major step forward today with the announcement that IMPRESS will seek recognition under the Royal Charter.

IMPRESS: The Independent Monitor for the Press announces today that it is preparing to seek […]

Media reform campaigners speak up for the BBC

The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom (CPBF) and the Media Reform Coalition (MRC) have criticised some of the BBC’s most vocal opponents in the press for their concerted attack on the future of the […]

Media policy, power and politics and the Election

by Natalie Fenton

Maybe it should come as no surprise that in the aftermath of the Hacking scandal and the Leveson enquiry that followed media policy was an election issue. Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green […]

Election 2015: It’s The Press Wot Won It?

by Des Freedman, Professor of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London

Heading into the 1992 election, polls pointed towards a hung parliament. The Sun turned up the heat on election day with a front page asking […]

#GE2015 press most partisan in a generation?

Well, as predicted 3 days ago by Shaun Lawson in OpenDemocracy, the polls got it wrong.

Perhaps Shaun was paying more attention to the press coverage? A couple of days before the Media Standards Trust’s Election […]

Stand Up for Truth: Whistleblowers speaking tour London

Monday, 1 June 2015 from 18:30 to 21:00 at Birkbeck (University of London) Main building, Room B35 (entrance on Torrington Square) London WC1E 7HX

Speakers: Eileen Chubb, Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley, Norman […]

Media policy – what the party manifestos say

Here is our round up of sections on media extracted from the party manifestos – Labour, Greens, Conservatives, Lib Dems, SNP and UKIP. For details read on:

Lib Dems  

8.2 Freedom of speech and the free […]

Why this isn’t the time to ignore Katie Hopkins

by Guy Taylor, steering committee, Movement against Xenophobia

The outrage of Katie Hopkins’ vicious article about the deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean is uncomfortably familiar to everyone. Coming just a couple of days before the […]