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2nd February 2012, 10:20am
Martin Bell to visit Lincoln for major debate about media ethics
Martin Bell Former TV war correspondent and politician Martin Bell will be joined by Magnus Linklater, former editor of the Scotsman, and writer John Bond for a free event at the University of Lincoln next Monday (6 February).

Organiser Professor Richard Keeble of the Lincoln School of Journalism said: “The Leveson Inquiry, following the phone hacking scandal and the closure of the News of the World, has put the spotlight directly on the ethics of the mainstream media. We are putting on two sessions with some really excellent speakers that will explore the controversy from different angles.”

The first debate, on Monday 6 February, will be entitled “Hackgate: What got us into this mess?” with Magnus Linklater and Martin Bell representing the International Communications Forum (

Then on 20 February, the second debate will be “Beyond Hackgate: What are the priorities now for the media as a whole?”

This will bring together Richard Peppiatt, who resigned from his journalist position on the Daily Star in protest at its Islamophobia and who has provided such dramatic evidence to the Leveson Inquiry, Steven Barnett, Professor of Communications at Westminster University and prominent writer and broadcaster, Glenda Cooper, top Fleet Street writer and Lincoln’s own Professor Brian Winston.

Both debates are at 6.15 pm in the Cargill Lecture Theatre at the University’s Brayford Campus. All are welcome to attend.

Other “Journalists Speak Out on Journalism” sessions for the diary:

5 March - the session goes under the general title of "Alternative voices" and will feature Pratap Chatterjee, writer, formerly of CorpWatch and top investigative reporter of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, on "The special role of the alternative media". And Richard Hering, of, on "Beyond the mainstream: The role of visionOntv."

12 March - Nabila Ramdani, Paris-born freelance journalist of Algerian descent who specialises in Anglo-French issues, Islamic affairs, and the Arab World, on "Libya as a case study of modern media war."

26 March - Sofia Shershunovich, top fashion freelance journalist, on "Social media for journos."

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