Press previews Magna Carta event

Taking place at the Grange Hotel St Paul’s, a short walk from Fleet Street with its journalistic and legal traditions, next month’s Magna Carta debate has caught the eye of The Guardian and Press Gazette, among others.

800 years after the Magna Carta, do we have a Free Press? on July 13 boasts a panel featuring: Index on Censorship CEO Jodie GinsbergSun associate editor Trevor Kavanagh; YouGov president Peter Kellner; and Keir Starmer MP, who as head of the CPS oversaw the prosecution of the Operation Elveden journalists. Media Show host Steve Hewlett will chair. Tickets, in aid of the Journalists’ Charity are available via Eventbrite.

Roy Greenslade writes: “Forget the fact that there was no press, let alone press freedom and let alone any freedom, in 1215. The London Press Club has cleverly used the 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta to stage a panel debate on whether Britain now has a free press. Read the full Guardian article.

Press Gazette editor Dominic Ponsford writes: The former director of public prosecutions who presided over the prosecution of dozens of journalists is joining a panel discussion being held in London next month asking the question: Do we have a free press? Keir Starmer MP will be joined by Trevor Kavanagh of The Sun  (who has been a fierce critic of the Crown Prosecution Service), chief executive of Index on Censorshop Jodie Ginsberg, Yougov president Peter Kellner and BBC Media Show host Steve Hewlett. Read the full Press Gazette article.

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