Last weekend saw two committed media reformers take the leadership of the Labour Party – Jeremy Corbyn and Tom Watson
Jeremy Corbyn – elected with a landslide 59% of the vote – and new deputy Tom Watson, differ on many issues but the media isn’t one of them.
When it comes to tackling the power of media moguls who are choking democratic debate, demonising the most vulnerable in society, and fuelling unethical practices like phone hacking, Corbyn and Watson are squarely on the same page.
Both signed our pledge calling for ‘urgent measures to prevent damaging media concentration’.
Now’s the time to put media reform on the political agenda in a serious way. Linking up the initiatives and resources of alternative media producers, campaigners, trade unionists and academics will be key, and it’s what we’re hoping to achieve at our Media Democracy Festival on 17th October.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested in volunteering at the festival, or signing up as an organisation to take part.