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Sir Christopher Meyer, chairman of the Press Complaints Commission, will give a public lecture at LSE on Monday 13 November. This event is one in a series organised by POLIS|, a joint initiative from LSE and the London College of Communication aimed at working journalists, people in public life and students in the UK and around the world.

Sir Christopher will explain why he doesn't believe that Britain's newspapers need tougher controls and will also explore how journalistic standards and the role of the press in public life can be preserved in the internet age.

Sir Christopher Meyer has been chairman of the Press Complaints Commission since March 2003. He is a non-executive director of GKN and is also a former ambassador to Washington DC.

Protecting the Press or the People? is on Monday 13 November at 6.30pm in The Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A. The event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk|

Press coverage

Hold the front page
Press freedom is being 'chipped away by Government', says Meyer (17 Nov 06)
The Government is chipping away at press freedom and damaging democracy, Sir Christopher Meyer has claimed, saying the problem stemmed from politicians overestimating the influence of the press, and that it was now harder to find out what is going on in Government than it was ten years ago. His comments came during a lecture Protecting the Press or the People?, organised by journalism think-tank POLIS at LSE. 

Guardian
Press freedom being eaten away, says watchdog chief (14 Nov 06)
Sir Christopher Meyer, the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission who sparked a political furore by lifting the lid on his time as ambassador to Washington, warned last night that freedom of the press was being gradually chipped away by the government at a lecture on the future of the media organised by the media policy group Polis.

3 November 2006

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