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Protecting the independent press from unfair competition

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Protecting the independent press from unfair competition

The Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) has formally submitted evidence to the Publicity Code Enforcement consultation which closed on May 6.

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The CIoJ warmly endorsed the Government’s commitment to give greater force to the Publicity Code by putting compliance on a statutory basis, which will make it harder for English local authorities to set up in-house newspapers and diverting public advertising revenue away from local independent newspapers.

CIoJ General Secretary Dominic Cooper said: “Many local authority publications are falsely given sheep’s clothing as information carriers. The reality is that ruling parties have used taxpayers money to punch local and regional newspapers into submission in an attempt to stop their council from being put under the microscope.

“We are optimistic that this will reverse the negative trends that have left local people without the democratic right to have decisions made by local authorities challenged in an independent way.”

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is driving forward this fight against Town Hall Pravdas and his Department’s guidance specifically says: “A healthy free press is important in providing information to the public to hold their local authority to account.”

The Department for Communities and Local Government aims to deal with the issues raised by the CIoJ in this direct way rather than through competition law because the issue is more complex than that of a simple financial consideration.

CIoJ – Local Authority Publicity Code Enforcement – May 2013

Free offer to NUJ members

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Free offer to NUJ members

 

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The Chartered Institute of Journalists is offering free membership to NUJ members who oppose that union’s support for state regulation of the press.

CIoJ President Charlie Harris said that the NUJ’s position on Leveson amounted to an “insupportable attack on the integrity of its own members”, and that the Institute, which opposes any state involvement in the enforcement of editorial ethics, was offering like-for-like free membership to NUJ members until their NUJ subs are due for renewal.

Mr Harris said, “The NUJ is supporting statutory regulation of the press without consulting its members.

“The CIoJ, backed by its members, believes that restrictions on the press – however light-touch now – open the door to tough state interference in free speech under a future government.

“We have already seen several attempts to shut down embarrassing stories using Leveson as an excuse.

“The CIoJ’s position is clear: the allegations made against the media at the Leveson inquiry involved illegality – phone hacking, bribing of public officials, and interception of e-mails.

“This was a failure of law enforcement by the police, and others.

“We do not support state interference in a free press, however it is achieved, whether through legislation, statutory underpinning or a Royal Charter.”

Mr Harris said the Institute had seen an influx of NUJ defectors in recent months as a result of the contrast between the two unions’ stands on regulation.

“We are apolitical, and do not kowtow to political parties, the TUC, employers’ bodies or unaccountable pressure groups such as Hacked Off,” he said.

“We are run by our members to uphold their interests, promote journalism as a profession, uphold editorial standards, and protect the freedom of the media.”

“We cannot sit back and watch as the NUJ throws away 300 years of press freedom.”

Details of the offer to NUJ members can be obtained by e-mailing memberservices@cioj.co.uk or calling 020 7252 1187 or you may join the CIoJ here.

CIoJ challenges impact of proposed Royal Charter

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CIoJ challenges impact of proposed Royal Charter

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NEWS RELEASE

RELEASE DATE: 30 April 2013

The Chartered Institute of Journalists has written to the Privy Council expressing concern that the proposed Royal Charter underpinning press regulation may impinge on its own charter.

The CIoJ’s charter was granted by Queen Victoria in 1890, six years after the organisation was founded (as the National Association of Journalists).

Among the Institute’s aims and objectives set out in the charter are:

  • “The ascertainment of the law and practice relating to all things connected with the journalistic profession and the exercise of supervision over its members when engaged in professional duties;” and
  • “Watching any legislation affecting the discharge by journalists of their professional duties and endeavouring to obtain amendments of the law affecting journalists, their duties or interests.”

CIoJ president Charlie Harris said: “We have legal advice that the charter sent by Parliament to the Privy Council for royal assent could have implications for our own charter and that we have a right to be consulted before any new charter that overlaps with ours is laid before Her Majesty for approval.

“Our general secretary Dominic Cooper has written to the Privy Council pointing out the possible conflict and saying that we would like to discuss the implications.”

The Institute is totally opposed to any state involvement in the enforcement of professional ethics and has warned that however “light touch” the current proposals may be, they set a dangerous precedent, opening the way for a future government to impose much tougher restrictions which would endanger the free press and democracy.

Harris said: “In a free society, a press under state control is a far greater danger than a press out of control.”

The CIoJ says that the alleged malpractices which led to the Leveson Inquiry and the arrest of dozens of journalists are criminal offences, not ethical misdemeanours and that the problem is not a failure of the editorial regulatory system but the failure of the police to enforce the law.

ENDS

 

CIoJ backs rejection of proposed Royal Charter

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The CIoJ has welcomed the rejection by most newspapers, national and local, of the Hacked Off-backed Royal Charter governing press regulation.

Institute president Charlie Harris said: “We have opposed state involvement in press regulation from the start and are glad that the trade bodies representing newspapers and magazines have joined us and other defenders of a free press such as Index on Censorship, the Spectator and Private Eye in rejecting the proposed charter.”

The Institute believes that the Government’s charter gives politicians an unacceptable degree of interference in the regulation of the press.

What the Government proposes may be light-touch, but it sets a dangerous precedent, allowing a future government to increase its control over the press, as Harriet Harman has indicated Labour might seek to do.

Harris added: “It is too early to say whether the draft charter tabled by the publishing industry is an acceptable alternative to the ‘official’ charter.

“But the Institute hopes that it will give the Coalition pause for thought and that Nick Clegg, the president of the Privy Council, will delay presenting the Government’s charter for royal assent to allow a full assessment of whether the new proposal has any merit.”

 

The Chartered Institute of Journalists’ submission on the Editors’ Code consultation.

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The CIoJ has submitted its suggestions as to how the Press Complaints Commission’s Editors’ Code may be improved in order to help journalists go about their duties as the eyes and ears of the public.

The CIoJ’s submission may be viewed here

CIoJ Vice-President announced

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Paul Leighton has been elected the CIoJ Vice-President for 2013-15.

Paul Leighton

Paul, chairman of the Institute’s broadcasting division, won by a small margin in a closely-fought contest against Amanda Brodie, chair of the Professional Practices Board, which runs the Institute’s trade union wing.

He will serve alongside the incoming President Charlie Harris and take over as President in 2015.

Charlie and Paul will be installed in office at a ceremony in London on Wednesday next week (February 20), reuniting the presidential team that served from 1990-91, but with the roles reversed.

Guest speaker confirmed

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Guest speaker confirmed for the CIoJ presidential handover

4 February 2012

Siobhan Benita, the independent candidate in the 2012 London mayoral election, is to be the guest speaker at the CIoJ presidential handover ceremony next month.

Siobhan polled 83,914 first-preference votes, finishing fourth, just 7,860 votes behind the Liberal Democrat candidate.

Former Cabinet Secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell said Siobhan, an ex-civil servant, had done extremely well, with no party machine to support her campaign, very little funding or media coverage, and no political broadcast.

She plans to build on that success when she stands again for Mayor of London in 2016.

The handover will be in London on February 20. For full details, or to register your attendance, contact Diane Cooper at the Institute head office.

CTJT Internet Law Guide

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CTJT Internet Law Guide: CIoJ member discount

Members of the Chartered Institute of Journalists may purchase a copy of this guide for £4.25 instead of the usual cover price of £5.95.

The guide is a simple, must-read for journalists, bloggers, PRs … anyone who writes for the web.  Written by Cleland Thom, it covers all the legal and ethical risks with Twitter, Facebook, blogs, websites, archives and much more.

To order your copy contact CTJT

CIoJ initial response to Leveson

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Today the Chartered Institute of Journalists broadly welcomes the Leveson Report on The Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

It was particularly heartened to hear Lord Justice Leveson ask Government to enshrine in law and promote the right to a free press.

President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ), Norman Bartlett, said:”Lord Leveson overwhelmingly supported the evidence that we gave to his inquiry which cleared the vast majority of the press from the phone hacking scandal and that statutory legislation would not have stopped what went wrong.

“By joining the CIoJ our members already sign up to the Code of Editors and the standards it promotes and so we will look in detail at any changes.”

Leveson was also very clear that the contribution of local newspapers was “truly without parallel” and criticisms raised in the inquiry “do not affect them”.

Within the 2,000-page report there is a recommendation for government not to interfere with the Press save by providing law to support a self-regulatory model. That model will be created by the Press but not run by the Press.

Norman added: “We also welcome the Prime Minister’s statement to Parliament in which he recognized the need for caution in implementing any legislation which might be used either, now or in the future, to regulate the Press.

“Naturally we will consider the contents of the report in more detail, and seek our members views. The Institute looks forward to playing a full role in helping formulate the self regulatory model.”

The Report is available free online:-http://www.official-documents.gov.uk/document/hc1213/hc07/0779/0779.pdf

Join your friends at the CIoJ for some festive cheer

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The Communications Industry Carol Service

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Monday 10th December

All members of the CIoJ are welcome to join colleagues at this annual Christmas event.

Family, Friends and Colleagues are also welcome.

St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4, 6.30pm (Please be in your seat by 6.20 at the latest)

Join other communications groups for a Christmas Carol Concert at St Bride’s Church and share in a programme of traditional and contemporary carols, readings and music, including the renowned St.Bride’s Choir, guest performers, Aisling Agnew (Flute) and Matthew McAllister (Guitar).

Christmas Message by: radio and television broadcaster, Chris Tarrant.

This is the one time in the year when the whole of the communications industry, irrespective of professional or religious affiliations, can come together and sing with one voice! Members are encouraged to bring along family and friends to the Service.

Please note that while this event is free please e-mail Diane on memberservices@cioj.co.uk if you would like to come to the Carol Service, as allocated seating is always snapped-up early.

A complimentary mince pie and a pay bar will be available at The Press House Wine Bar, to the rear and underneath the Church at 1 St Bride’s Passage. The Chartered Institute of Journalists will have its own dedicated area, so look out for the Institute logo, and arrange to meet your friends and colleagues for some Christmas cheer!

Please let us know if you are coming…

I will be coming to the Carol Service ( ) I will be joining you after ( )

Name:

Name of Guest(s):

Please e-mail Diane – memberservices@cioj.co.uk

Supported by: Association of Online Publishers; Audit Bureau of Circulations UK; Chartered Institute of Journalists; Chartered Institute of Public Relations; Gorkana; Incorporated Society of British Advertisers; Institute of Practitioners in Advertising; International Advertising Association UK Chapter; International Building Press; London Press Club; Professional Publishers Association; Society of Editors; The Advertising Association; Women in Advertising & Communications London and the Worshipful Company of Marketors.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Dock Offices Surrey Quays Road London SE16 2XU

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You are invited to the Communications Industry Carol Service
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All members of the CIoJ are welcome to join colleagues at this annual Christmas event.

Family, Friends and Colleagues are also welcome.

St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London EC4

Monday 10th December, 6.30pm (Please be in your seat by 6.20 at the latest)

Join other communications groups for a Christmas Carol Concert at St Bride’s Church and share in a programme of traditional and contemporary carols, readings and music, including the renowned St.Bride’s Choir, guest performers, Aisling Agnew (Flute) and Matthew McAllister (Guitar).

Christmas Message by: radio and television broadcaster, Chris Tarrant.

This is the one time in the year when the whole of the communications industry, irrespective of professional or religious affiliations, can come together and sing with one voice! Members are encouraged to bring along family and friends to the Service.
Please note that while this event is free please email Diane on memberservices@cioj.co.uk your email or return the form below, if you would like to come to the Carol Service, as allocated seating is always snapped-up early.

A complimentary mince pie and a pay bar will be available at The Press House Wine Bar, to the rear and underneath the Church at 1 St Bride’s Passage. The Chartered Institute of Journalists will have its own dedicated area, so look out for the Institute logo, and arrange to meet your friends and colleagues for some Christmas cheer!

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Please let us know if you are coming…

I will be coming to the Carol Service ( ) I will be joining you after ( )

Name:

Name of Guest(s):

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Please return this form by email to Diane memberservices@cioj.co.uk

Supported by: Association of Online Publishers; Audit Bureau of Circulations UK; Chartered Institute of Journalists; Chartered Institute of Public Relations; Gorkana; Incorporated Society of British Advertisers; Institute of Practitioners in Advertising; International Advertising Association UK Chapter; International Building Press; London Press Club; Professional Publishers Association; Society of Editors; The Advertising Association; Women in Advertising & Communications London and the Worshipful Company of Marketors.

 

 
2 Dock Offices Surrey Quays Road London SE16 2XU
t: 020 7252 1187 | f: 020 7232 2302
e: memberservices@cioj.co.uk | w: www.cioj.co.uk