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The Jersey Evening Post had made a call to the island’s assembly calling for policy on secret debates to be reviewed.
Editor Chris Bright has written expressing his concern for open government and democracy after a key discussion was conducted behind closed doors. He is calling for standing orders on which debates can be held in private to be restricted to matters of national security or commercial confidentiality.

Southern Daily Echo reporter Ash Bolton took part in a school conker championship, losing out in the first round to a six-year-old pupil.

The World Association of Newspapers and the World Editors Forum have protested to the Irish government against proposed privacy legislation that conflicts with press freedom in Ireland and would “inhibit the way newspapers carry out their legitimate and important function in society”.
The proposed Bill would restrict publication of information in numerous public documents and enable individuals to secure court orders in secret to prevent publication of certain materials.

The Northants Evening Telegraph gave a young sports reporter the chance to join the press pack covering Kettering Town for their match against Stalybridge Celtic.
Chloe Speed, (12), impressed judges in the paper’s Junior World Cup Reporters section during the summer, and accompanied football writer Jon Dunham to the game.

Grimsby Telegraph reporter Daniel Evans joined around 80 police officers to report on a series of dawn raids by Humberside Police.