First Public Meeting of the Media Reform Committee
The magic of net-working allowed me to be there: at the British Academy in Carlton Terrace, for the first public meeting of the Media Reform Committee that presented us three fascinating panels of exposes – well recognising the four areas: newspapers, radio, TV and ONLINE.
The core of this Committee comes from Goldsmiths University, where three key areas were defined in the context of the Leveson Inquiry and Communications Review – in the attempt to tackle the phone hacking scandal:
- Plurality and the Public Interest
A Public Interest “test” is being considered by the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom. Interestingly, the criteria are, so far, only based on shareholder and ownership statistics.
In our experience, however, the TOPICS are that matter, for they have been ignored by the mainstream media. When looking at the full spectrum of human endeavours that can be reported upon, it is these extremes that have been missing:
- the CAUSE of monetary ills and financial crises aka dishonest money: the creation of money from thin air, sold at interest as “credit”
- the METHOD white collar crimes as to appropriate real values and assets by fraud
- the EFFECT of the above experienced by victims of white collar crimes:
- Leveson Inquiry: Kate McCann felt ‘mentally raped’ when diary published (telegraph.co.uk)
- Phone hacking: Mail lawyer criticises timing of Leveson inquiry (guardian.co.uk)
- You: Phone-hacking victims must not launch ‘witch-hunt’, says News International (guardian.co.uk)
- Full Leveson inquiry statements from NUJ and Guardian (blogs.journalism.co.uk)