What does press freedom mean in a digital age? Do we have to live with fake news, hate speech and online surveillance? Or can we deal with these threats without imposing state censorship? Jonathan Heawood believes that we can. Having worked as a journalist and free speech campaigner, Heawood founded the UK’s first independent press regulator, IMPRESS, in 2013. In his new book, ‘The Press Freedom Myth’, Jonathan describes how his faith in press freedom was rocked – first by phone hacking at the News of the World, and then by the rise of social media.
In this online talk, Jonathan will share his experiences on the front line of the press regulation debate, and will look to a future in which we balance media freedom with responsibility. The event will be chaired by Dr Hazel Fell-Rayner, psychologist, ex-journalist and local campaigner, and will include a question and answer session.
Join us on Thursday 10th September at 18:30 to hear this fascinating talk and ask Jonathan your questions about the future of press regulation and media freedom. Tickets are priced at £5 to cover costs, £3 for concessions (students and those on low incomes).