Battle book launch and discussion: There Is No Such Thing As a Free Press

Saturday 20 October, 12.15pm until 1.15pm, Hammerson Room

Mick Hume, editor-at-large of online magazine spiked will discuss his new book There Is No Such Thing As a Free Press with Patrick Hayes, reporter for spiked.

The aim of this book is to launch a polemic for the freedom of the press against all of the attempts to police, defile and sanitise journalism today.

Once the media reported the news. Now it makes it. The phone-hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry into the ‘culture practice and ethics’ of the media has put the UK press under scrutiny and on trial as never before.

There Is No Such Thing As a Free Press questions many of today’s distorted but widely-held views of the media, and turns the assumptions underlying the current discussion on their head.

Mick Hume draws on the lessons of history and cross-examines the evidence from the Leveson Inquiry to take on the army of conformists and regulators who would further tame press freedom.

Speakers
Mick Hume
editor-at-large, online magazine spiked; author, Trigger Warning: Is the Fear of Being Offensive Killing Free Speech?

Chair:
Patrick Hayes
director, British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)

Produced by
Patrick Hayes director, British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)
Recommended readings
There is No Such Thing as a Free Press ...and we need one more than ever

Once the media reported the news. Now it makes it. The phone-hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the media has put the UK press under scrutiny and on trial as never before.

Mick Hume, Imprint Acaademic, 1 September 2012


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