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World Press Freedom Day on May 3 will highlight the fact that worldwide, killers of journalists generally get away with their crime.
The day is being run by the World Association of Newspapers.

Archant’s London titles have embarked on a reverse auction, with readers placing what they believe will be the lowest unique bid for a signed England football shirt.
The promotion is using Internet and SMS technology to run the auction, which closes on April 14.

Gloucester Citizen editor Ian Mean tackled health secretary John Reid with a series of wide-ranging questions about the health service when he was in the region to open a hospital extension.
Mr Reid answered some general questions – and others on more local issues – before meeting prospective parliamentary candidates and local protesters as part of the visit.

A new video to promote the British magazine industry has been launched by the Periodical Publishers Association.
It will be launched during a two-day conference Delivering Engagement in London on May 3 and 4, which will host more than 100 speakers.

The Southern Daily Echo has joined the fight to keep a vital ferry service running after its future was placed under threat by a planned 740 per cent rise in fares.
The Hythe Ferry, which runs between Hythe and Southampton, has operated since the year 400 and carries some 400,000 passengers on the 20-minute trip each year.

The Leicester Mercury is joining forces with the city council to highlight the work that needs to be doen to keep the city’s streets clear of litter.
Spring Clean the City is also asking readers for ideas of areas where there is a particular problem so that it can get schools, businesses and communities to add pride and help clear up.