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CIoJ reminds minister that journalists will still adhere to code

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NEWS RELEASE DATE: 2 February 2011 THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISTS (CIoJ) has written to the Commons select committee for Culture, Media and Sport, pointing out that despite what publishers may or may not do, professional journalists will still adhere to their professional ethics. In the wake of the Express Newspaper Group pulling out of Pressbof and effectively, therefore, the PCC, much has been rightly made of the need to underpin the public’s confidence by adhering to the scheme. However, …

Danbury journalist honoured

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AT A RECEPTION at the National Liberal Club in London, Danbury journalist Norman Bartlett was installed last week (20 January) as the President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. He introduced Maldon MP, John Whittingdale, who spoke on the commercial and technical issues facing journalism and broadcasting today. He mentioned particularly the danger of investigative journalism being threatened by the courts. “It is vital that the press is able to report on freely on abuses and failures,” he said. Whittingdale …

One World Media Awards – call for entries – closing date: 7 February 2011

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One World Media Awards recognise outstanding media coverage of the developing world. There are 13 categories of awards which cover all types of media including television, radio, print and online. The deadline for entries has been set for 7 February with the 23rd annual award ceremony, hosted by Jon Snow, taking place in May. Details about how you may enter can be found here.

Membership OFFER – discounted Media Law update

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MEDIA LAW UPDATE – November 2010 CTJT’s new Law Update is available – now! It is the most up-to-date guide on the market – and is simple and easy to follow. It contains many new developments and changes. There is nothing else like it on the market. Links – new rulings on the dangers of those auto-generated links on your website Copyright – your new responsibilities under the Digital Economy Act Photography – the very latest guidance on police use …

THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISTS (CIoJ) says Northcliffe’s move is a serious attack on standards within the profession

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NEWS RELEASE RELEASE DATE: 10 November 2010 Northcliffe is planning a reduction in the number of copy-subs at its production centres. Reporters will be asked to write directly onto pages, being given a pre-set length for the story. This is already the case at two other large media companies, Johnston Press and Archant. The proposals will lead to a reorganisation of the six production ‘hubs’ which were set up only last year. The production centres, known as ‘hubs’, thought to …

“Live to Tell” – Invitation to debate safety of journalists

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The International News Safety Institute (INSI) invites you to a critical debate on the safety of journalists under current and future threat. INSI, a non-profit charity backed by a unique coalition of concerned news organisations, humanitarian groups and individual journalists, seeks to help colleagues survive all kinds of hostile environments, from killings and kidnappings to warfare and natural disasters. It is the only journalist organisation in the world solely focused on safety. In the past seven years the threats have …

INSTITUTE APPEALS TO SOUTH AFRICAN ICON TO RESIST APARTHEID MEDIA CONTROL LAWS

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NEWS RELEASE RELEASE TIME: 20 October 2010, 9.00am Institute of Journalists Calls on Nelson Mandela to resist legislation THE CHARTERED INSTITUTE OF JOURNALISTS has appealed directly to Nelson Mandela in an effort to stop Draft legislation to control and censor the media in South Africa, reminiscent of apartheid-era laws. Following a formal letter to South African President Jacob Zuma, the President of the CIoJ, Liz Justice, and the Chairman of the CIoJ’s International Division, Alun Hill, have asked the former …

Freedom of Information enforcement action

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The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has today published a list of organisations that are being monitored because it appears they are not meeting the requirement to respond to freedom of information requests on time. http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/pressreleases/2010/ico_statement_monitored_authorities.pdf http://www.ico.gov.uk/upload/documents/library/freedom_of_information/notices/list_of_ico_monitored_bodies.pdf

APARTHEID MEDIA CONTROL LAWS RE-EMERGE IN SOUTH AFRICA

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NEWS RELEASE RELEASE TIME: 24 September 2010, 9.00am Institute of Journalists Calls on President Zuma to block legislation Draft legislation to control and censor the media in South Africa, reminiscent of apartheid-era laws, has been strongly criticised by the Chartered Institute of Journalists, London. A formal joint letter has been sent to South African President Jacob Zuma by the President of the CIoJ, Liz Justice, and the Chairman of the CIoJ’s International Division, Alun Hill, “to make sure that this …

UK MEDIA ORGANISATIONS WARN OF AMATEUR “PRESS PASS”

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Police forces and other organisations are warned today about a so-called “press pass” which is being sold by Demotix, the amateur journalists’ website. UK Press Card Authority chair Mike Granatt said: “The Demotix ‘press pass’ is nothing of the sort, despite the fact that it is designed to look like a genuine journalists’ identity document. “The National Press Card is the card of professional journalists within the UK. All the major media organisations, associations and trades unions are part of …