As the use of social media has exploded over the last five years, one undisputable truth has emerged – existing media law, with all its complexities regarding libel and court reporting and ethics, has been completely outpaced. The boundaries were once sharply defined – the press reported, sometimes under restriction and often pushing at those boundaries, and the public read or watched the news.
Now the boundaries are gone or at least very blurred – anyone can “report” on Twitter but it means libel spreads rapidly through retweets, for example. With the backdrop of the Leveson enquiry and report, and the libelling by 10,000 people of Lord McAlpine in November, our panel will offer their perspectives.
The lawyer: Steve Kuncewicz – interprets the law and advises on it.
The politician: Loz Kaye of the Pirate Party – wants to change the law.
The journalist: Iram Ramzan – NCTJ-qualified freelance journalist – trained in, and subject to, media law.
If you just want to come along and see what everyone else has to share, please add your name to our Lanyrd page. It’s always a fun night with a friendly crowd.
Date: Tuesday 4th December
Time: 18:00 -21:00
Venue: The Northern, 56 Tib Street, Manchester M4 1LW
Entry is free, as usual
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