800 years after the Magna Carta was signed, does the UK have a Free Press? That is what the London Press Club, Society of Editors and YouGov will be attempting to answer at a special event next month.
A top panel will be debating the issue on Monday July 13 at an event also supported by the Journalists’ Charity, the Media Society, Women in Journalism.
Guardian columnist and Media Show presenter Steve Hewlett will chair the panel of: Keir Starmer, the former director of public prosecutions and CPS head turned Labour MP; Trevor Kavanagh, the longtime political editor of The Sun who is now the title’s associate editor; YouGov president and BBC election night expert Peter Kellner; and Jodie Ginsberg, Index on Censorship CEO and former Reuters UK bureau chief.
The five-star Grange Hotel St Paul’s hotel will host the debate which will begin at 6.45pm, with drinks and networking to follow the debate. The results of a special YouGov poll will be revealed on the night at the debate.
London Press Club chair and SoE president Doug Wills said: “The idea for this debate was spurred on by the news of the collapse of the Operation Elveden charges, the Royal Charter, IPSO and concerns about the power of European rulings.
“We are very grateful to the Grange Hotel for providing what is not only an excellent venue but a very fitting one, given its proximity to Fleet Street. Their generosity means we are able to support the Journalists’ Charity with this event.”
The debate held in conjunction with a YouGov poll follows previous link ups with the London Press Club on debates on investigative journalism, paywalls and public trust of the media.