January 11: Press Freedom in a Surveillance State

After two full-house events there in 2015 the London Press Club returns to Stationers’ Hall in January for a debate in partnership with the Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers examining the arguments over Freedom of the Press against the need for surveillance and access by investigators into emails.

On Monday January 11, Guardian columnist Roy Greenslade chairs Press Freedom in a Surveillance State. Panelists will include Liberty director Shami ChakrabatiHeather Brooke, a leading figure in the MPs’ expenses scandal being exposed, and Evening Standard home affairs editor Martin Bentham whose work includes many exclusives based upon Freedom of Information investigations.

London Press Club chair Doug Wills said: Never has there been more passion from all sides about the conflicting demands of privacy, protecting sources and demands for full access for terrorism and crime investigators. Running parallel with this, there is concern from editors that the Royal Charter and political pressure for changing Freedom of Information access will threaten the historic British rights to a Free Press. It will be a fascinating debate.”

The event is in association with the Society of Editors. 6.30pm for 6.45pm debate followed by drinks at 8.30pm. London Press Club members can book a free space by emailing [email protected]. Non-members can book for £10 via Stationers. Annual London Press Club membership, which includes free entry to most events and reciprocal membership of press clubs internationally, costs £20-40.
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