Draft agenda (subject to alteration)
Saturday, October 19
12.30pm Lunch and Registration
1.30pm Welcome and outline of day’s events by the President
IoJ (TU) session – Everyone welcome but only non-employing members will be able to vote on Trade Union matters.
1. The Chairman of the Professional Practices Board (PPB), Amanda Brodie, will take the chair and report on its activities.
2. The General Secretary, Dominic Cooper, will report on the support that has been provided to members over the last year.
3. The Honorary Treasurer, Michael Hardware, to move:
– that the audited accounts of the Institute of Journalists (TU) for 2012 be received and accepted.
4. Q & A session on the work of the PPB.
5. Elections to the PPB.
6. Reports by Chairmen of the Institute’s Charities:
– the Orphan Fund, Michael Moriarty;
– the Benevolent Fund, Dominic Cooper;
– the Oak Hill and TP O’Connor Fund, Ken Brookes;
– the Pension Fund, Ken Brookes.
7. Q & A session on the work of the CIoJ and its charities.
8. The President, Charlie Harris, will take the chair.
9. The Honorary Treasurer, Mr Michael Hardware, to move:
– that the audited accounts of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and its charities for 2012 be received and accepted. The Honorary Treasurer will take questions on the Institute’s finances.
10. The President to move:
– that the 128th report of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and the IoJ(TU) as submitted to the membership be received and accepted.
11. The President to move that any business unfinished by the end of the meeting shall be referred for consideration by Council
12. Resolution: Guarantee of media freedom:
The Institute believes the government and Parliament should press ahead ‘without delay’ for legislation to assert a constitutional freedom of the media as a stand alone Act of Parliament. Journalism is facing an unprecedented attack on its rights and freedoms and needs greater protection and independence in order to maintain its role as a watchdog and guardian of democracy.
Whilst the Institute is critical of many recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry, we would support the proposal for a legislative declaration of media freedom that is equivalent to the provision asserting the independence of the judiciary:
Guarantee of media freedom
(1) The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and other Ministers of the Crown and all with responsibility for matters relating to the media must uphold the freedom of the press and its independence from the executive.
(2) The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport must have regard to:
(a) the importance of the freedom and integrity of the media;
(b) the right of the media and the public to receive and impart information without interference by public authorities;
(c) the need to defend the independence of the media.
(3) Interference with the activities of the media shall be lawful only insofar as it is for a legitimate purpose and is necessary in a democratic society, having full regard to the importance of media freedom in a democracy;” (Page 1780 of Volume 4 of the Leveson Inquiry Report 2012)
13. Resolution: Media publishers should unite of media freedom issues:
The Institute deplores what has become a destructive and disastrous civil war within British journalism between media publishers, lobbying groups, media and journalist representative bodies, and indeed media academics, that is undermining essential journalism freedoms and disabling the ability of journalists to be the watchdogs of democracy.
It is time for leading newspaper editors, their corporations, and respective supporters elsewhere to bury the hatchet that has divided them so bitterly in relation to the phone hacking scandal, the Leveson Inquiry, and debates over regulation, and show the maturity of their common law cousins in the USA to stand together on those issues that concern them all.
14. Resolution: Protection of sources:
The Institute deplores and condemns the disastrous surrendering of confidential material on journalists sources by News Corporation’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC) to the Metropolitan Police.
It is apparent that much of this information was confidential journalistic material and should have been subject to the protection of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. This information should not have been released unless by court order after a hearing before a judge at which the sources and individual journalists concerned should have had the right to independent representation.
The Institute calls on Parliament to introduce legislation so that confidential sources who have been negligently and without court order identified by the media institutions receiving, using or paying for their information can sue for compensation for the breach of their Article 10 Freedom of Expression protection of source rights as recognised by English common law and the European Court of Human Rights in a longstanding line of powerful rulings that recently included TELEGRAAF MEDIA NEDERLAND LANDELIJKE MEDIA BV AND OTHERS v. THE NETHERLANDS – 39315/06 – HEJUD  ECHR 1965 (22 November 2012)
UK law on the right of sources to have a legal remedy against media publishers that betray their duty of confidentiality should be given the same recognition as set out in the US Supreme Court in Cohen v Cowles Media Co 501 US 663 (1991)
15. Resolution: Freelance Division to move:
Add to Standing Order 7
7.4 Subject to a minimum payment to be decided by Council from time to time, no Member shall be required to pay, by way of annual subscription, more than one per cent of net (after-tax) income. Members claiming this concession shall on request provide acceptable evidence of net income for their previous tax year.
The bar of the Union Jack Club may be used by the delegates.
7.00pm Dinner – for those who have already booked.