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CIoJ re-affirms support for journalists safety

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Commitment to the International News Safety Institute

The Chartered Institute of Journalists (CIoJ) has re-affirmed its commitment to the work of the International News Safety Institute (INSI) as journalists continue to face death in the name of press freedom.

Fifty four journalists and media staff have died doing their jobs so far in 2012, including Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin, who died in Syria, bringing first hand reports of the terrible tragedies affecting ordinary people.

CIoJ General Secretary Dominic Cooper said: “Without pioneering journalists we would all be less informed about what is truly happening in the world.

“The CIoJ is happy to support INSI’s work because it maintains focus on protecting journalists on the frontline. These are the people who speak up to make sure that press freedom defies the boundaries put up by powerful individuals and cruel regimes across the world.”

The work INSI carries out is wide ranging. It provides safety training for dozens of journalists in countries including Liberia, Argentina, Zimbabwe and Iraq, where journalists are particularly at risk. It also educates journalists from more democratic countries on the dangers they could face, such as the recent “No Woman’s Land – On the Frontlines with Female Reporters” seminar to mark World Press Freedom Day.

Mr Cooper added: “As a professional body with journalist members across the world we are fully committed to INSI’s focus on fighting for journalist safety.”

Chartered Institute of Journalists remembers W T Stead

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18 April 2012

Norman Bartlett, President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and members of the extended W T Stead family, at yesterday’s wreath-laying ceremony to mark the centenary of the death for former Northern Echo editor W T Stead, who perished on the Titanic. © Camiila Greenwell

FAMILY MEMBERS down to six generations of W T Stead, former editor of the Northern Echo, who was a victim of the Titanic disaster 100 years ago, flew from Australia to commemorate the centenary of his death on London’s Victoria Embankment yesterday (Sun).

A dozen descendants of William Thomas Stead attended the wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial close by the Temple tube station.

The ceremony was organised by the Chartered Institute of Journalists whose members contributed ‘shillings and half-crowns’ in 1912 to erect the memorial.

Mr Richard Stead, a great-grandson of W T, of Falmouth, Cornwall, said: “We decided to arrange a family re-union when we heard of the Institute’s wreath-laying and seven members of the Australian branch flew over from Adelaide last week for the event.”

They included two-years-old Leahmarie Stead, the great-great-great-great-grandchild of W T and Matihilda Krichauff, aged 8, his great-great-great-granddaughter. Her father, George Krichauff, said: “We could not let the centenary of the death of my great-great-grandfather pass without being present. We are glad that journalists of today still respect W T and his achievements both in Darlington and in London.”

The wreath-laying was followed by a commemorative service at St Bride’s. the journalists’ church in Fleet Street, where the Rector, Canon David Meara, paid tribute to W T Stead’s career in Darlington and subsequently at the Pall Mall Gazette and the magazine he subsequently founded, The Review of Reviews.

Norman Bartlett, president of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, is given a helping hand to lay a memorial wreath by Matihilda Krichauff, (aged 8), the great-great-great-granddaughter of W T Stead, and Leahmarie Stead, (aged 2), the great-great-great-great-grandaughter of the former editor of the Northern Echo. © Camiila Greenwell (

“He stands in the finest traditions of fearless journalism. Fortunately there are still people like W T Stead who risk their lives to show interested people and shock the uninterested. Without people like him, we would all be the poorer. We remember W T Stead and all who have followed him in this noble tradition of journalism,” Canon Meara said.

The Australian branch of the family began when Henry Stead, W T’s eldest son, emigrated ‘down-under’ in 1913 to take over the editorship of his father’s Australian Review of Reviews. He also died at sea – of an illness aboard the S S Mamara off the shores of Tahiti in 1922.

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Great-grandson to attend Stead memorial event

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Great-grandchilden of William Thomas Stead will attend the Chartered Institute of Journalists centennial memorial event this coming Sunday, 15 April. Stead died on the Titanic when it sank on April 15, 1912.

Mr Richard Stead, a great-grandson, has accepted the Insitute’s invitation to take part in the wreath-laying ceremony. He said his sister and several other great-grandchildren – some of whom have come from Australia – will also be present.

The Institute’s wreath will be laid on Stead’s memorial located on the Embankment, at 10am this Sunday. The memorial is directly opposite the Temple tube station’s Embankment exit and all Institute members are invited to attend.

Other representatives of organisations interested in W T Stead’s heritage have also indicated that they will join the Institute at the ceremony. The Institute’s memorial was raised through a collection of ‘shillings and half-crowns’ from journalists around the world.

 

W T Stead memorial event

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28 March 2012

Book early for your place at the Institute’s memorial event which will celebrate the life and work of W T Stead on the 100th anniversary of his death on board the Titanic.

William Thomas Stead was acknowledged as Britain’s leading campaigning and investigative journalist in the late 1800s, particularly for his work in exposing the white-slave trade and child sex abuse in London’s brothels by the nation’s upper classes. This resulted in the passing of the Criminal Amendment Act which raised the age of consent from 13 to 16.

The day will start at 10.00am on the Embankment where a wreath will be laid in honour of Stead. Members and attendees will then be invited to St. Bride’s for a service at 11.00am, followed by refreshments in the church.

Members who wish to attend are asked to let head office know so that we are able to manage numbers (click here).

15 April 2012

10.00 Wreath laying at the Stead memorial on the Embankment

11.00 St Bride’s church service

12.15 drinks in St Bride’s after the service

 

Chartered Institute of Journalists to honour WT Stead

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The Chartered Institute of Journalists is to honour Britain’s first investigative journalist – on the 100th anniversary of his death aboard the Titanic. President Norman Bartlett will lay a wreath at the memorial to W.T Stead on the Victoria Embankment in London on April 15.

William Thomas Stead was acknowledged as Britain’s leading campaigning and investigative journalist in the late 1800s, particularly for his work in exposing the white-slave trade and child sex abuse in London’s brothels by the nation’s upper classes. This resulted in the passing of the Criminal Amendment Act which raised the age of consent from 13 to 16.

As part of his campaign, Stead “bought” a chimney sweep’s 13-year-old daughter (Eliza Armstrong) for £5 which earned him a three-month prison sentence. He continued to edit the Pall Mall Gazette (which later merged into the Evening Standard) from his prison cell.

After his death on the Titanic, the Institute of Journalists launched an appeal to raise funds for a memorial. So much was raised that two memorials were erected, one on Victoria Embankment opposite Temple Tube station in London and the other in Central Park, New York.

For further details, contact Robin Morgan: 01226 203778 / 07594 672540 / robinmorgan@ardsleydemon.co.uk

CALL FOR LEVESON INQUIRY EVIDENCE

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Members of the Institute, and indeed all journalists, are urged to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.  This is your time to speak up about practices you have come across or incidents that you think the Inquiry should be aware of during their deliberations.

ANONYMOUSLY

Lord Leveson has agreed that the Institute may collect anonymous submissions in an effort to encourage contributors to come forward.  This will enable you to protect your identity for fear of any backlash.

YOUR OPPORTUNITY

This is your opportunity to have a say in the inquiry that could have a massive effect on our industry in the next year or two.

E-mail Dominic on dc@cioj.co.uk

The Institute’s Leveson submission

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The CIoJ’s submission to the Leveson Inquiry has been submitted.  Members may read it here…

CIoJ submission to the Leveson Inquiry

 

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