In March, Israeli voters went to the polls to elect 120 representatives of the Knesset. Pollsters had predicted a victory for the left-wing Zionist Union, led by Isaac Herzog. The Zionist Union was established in December 2014 from the Israeli Labour Party and Hatnuah (under Tzipi Livni). Their main political …

The All Party Writers’ Group (APWG) has announced that Pete Wishart MP has been elected as its new Chairman. Scottish National Party MP Wishart replaces John Whittingdale MP, recently promoted to Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport. Pete Wishart has a long history of supporting the creative industries, …
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We are sad to report the death of Rodney Bennett-England, a Past-President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists and my predecessor as Editor of this Journal. A veteran journalist who spent most of his Fleet Street career with the Daily Telegraph, Bennett-England was President of the Institute from 1985 to …
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It was an unlikely venue to meet a rising star of the SDP. On the first night of the Conservative Party conference in Blackpool in 1989, I had been chatting to a couple of political reporters at the bar of the Imperial Hotel.  As on most such occasions, the barman …
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Who is this elegant beautiful woman? A glamorous filmstar? A celebrity? This beautiful fashionable young woman is Chartered Institute of Journalists member, fashion writer and Press Association (PA) stalwart, Barbara Beatrice Hutchinson. Or rather she was, because Barbara died aged 94 on July 2. During her working life for the …

The Government has published the topics for debate as part of the process to review the BBC’s Royal Charter to make sure it remains a valued public broadcaster. The BBC is governed by a Royal Charter, with the current Charter due to expire at the end of 2016. The Government’s …

Twenty two journalists and media workers were killed in the first month of 2015. In addition to the nine murdered by Islamists in the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris on January 7, two more journalists were killed in Iraq in the weeks that followed – Adnan Abdul …
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Not long after the appalling massacre of cartoonists and others at the offices of Charlie Hebdo in Paris, I was at the private viewing of an exhibition at the Cartoon Museum devoted to the work of Mark Boxer. ‘Marc’, as he signed his cartoons, was a brilliant caricaturist. There aren’t …
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Pictured: The CIoJ’s Campbell Thomas with Sir Alan Moses, Chairman of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), the new press watchdog, at the start of an IPSO meeting in Scotland. (The meeting was boycotted by Hacked Off.) Campbell had 15 minutes with Sir Alan during which he highlighted the Institute’s …
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Justice Minister Simon Hughes MP has called for “perpetual vigilance” in defence of civil liberties, including freedom of the press, and has pledged to “keep fighting for freedom”. The Liberal Democrat MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark, who trained as a civil rights lawyer, told the 2014 annual general meeting …