• 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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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 […]

Who cares about excessive concentration of media ownership? What do the Election Manifestos reveal?

by Natalie Fenton

In a recent article the Press Gazette pointed out that in 60% of the UK national newspaper market the election campaign coverage has been pro-Conservative compared to 33 % of prospective Tory voters. […]

Labour’s manifesto shows a growing consensus for media reform

The Media Reform Coalition welcomes the fact that Labour’s election manifesto makes a commitment to protecting ‘the principle of media plurality’ and ‘preventing the concentration of media power in too few hands’.

This is an important […]

Scottish Statement on Media Reform

Media Ownership, Plurality and Democracy
To sustain a flourishing democracy in Scotland we will need diverse and independent voices in the media. Yet media concentration remains at worrying levels and a handful of corporations and individuals […]

Poll shows strong support for action on media ownership

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. 74 per cent believe that, in order to own a […]

Green Party deputy leader promises manifesto commitment on media ownership reform

Amelia Womack, deputy leader of the Green Party in England and Wales was a speaker at the parliamentary launch of the media manifesto produced by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom and the Media […]

A Manifesto for Media Reform

The Media Reform Coalition, together with the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting  Freedom, have just published their ‘Manifesto for Media Reform’ ahead of May’s General Election. Launched at a meeting in Parliament on 18 March […]