Friday, 8 July 2011

Media, power, democracy: what's going wrong, and what can we do about it?

Counterfire public meeting - Wednesday 13 July at 7pm
Salsa Cafe, 89 Westgate Road, Newcastle

In recent days a major crisis for Rupert Murdoch's media empire has deepened rapidly, following shocking revelations of phone hacking by News of the World journalists and investigators.

This has exposed deeply unethical behaviour and collusion with corrupt police officers. What's going on in the press? Why has it been allowed to go this far?

The scandal also creates a crisis for David Cameron and his government. The disgraced News International chief exec Rebekah Brooks is a personal friend of the PM. Another former NOTW editor, Andy Coulson, was until recently Cameron's communications director.

This could rapidly become toxic for Cameron. What might the political implications of this week's events be?

We will discuss these and other issues in a special meeting, called by Counterfire in response to recent developments. This is a public forum, open to all. Please get along and let people know it is happening.

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