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Representatives from the Press Complaints Commission were among delegates and observers from 16 countries who attended the fifth annual gathering of the Alliance of Independent Press Councils hosted by the Swedish Press Ombudsman in Stockholm.
The Alliance was established in London in 1999, as the result of a British initiative, to bring together independent Press Councils from across Europe to discuss matters of mutual concern and interest.

The Press Association has relaunched its operation north of the border as The Scottish Press Association in recognition of its role as the national news agency of Scotland.
To mark the occasion, a drinks reception was held at The Scottish Press Association’s new office in the Daily Record building, One Central Quay, Glasgow. The event was attended by many Scottish customers, PR executives and public figures, including Andy Kerr MSP, the Scottish Executive Finance Minster.

A Newspaper Society report on regional identity has shown that there is an increased appreciation of local differences among the UK population and a growing level of interest in local news and events.
Almost half – 48 per cent – of people are more interested in things that happened in the city or town where they live.

The Harlow Herald has joined an initiative with Essex Fire and Rescue Service that will see firefighters take a fire engine to all 29 junior schools in the town.
Editor Peter Jeffery has pledged sponsorship from the Archant paper and will be featuring every school in a picture feature.

The UK Hydrographic Office has announced new policy that could affect the regional newspaper industry.
It will enable the media to carry tidal information as long as publications apply for a free licence to reproduce the copyright information.

A talk on the Lincolnshire Times weekly newspaper will be the centerpiece for the first meeting of a new local history society in Brigg.
The popular newspaper ran from 1867 to 1985.

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