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Long-serving journalist and columnist dies aged 75

KM Group columnist and founder of the Broadcasting Press Guild Martin Jackson has died aged 75.

Martin wrote a media column for the KM Group’s monthly ‘Kent Business’ magazine for more than 15 years.

He worked in journalism for six decades, including with the Daily Express and Daily Mail, but had been suffering a long illness.

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A new rule banning manipulated images has been added to this year’s World Press Photo competition.

Organisers of the annual prize-giving scheme, which closes on 14 January, have said for the first time that the “content of an image must not be altered”, reports the British Journal of Photography.

WPP said that only retouching conforming to “currently accepted standards” would be allowed.

A planned new free weekly newspaper title for the capital has launched its digital arm.

The Twitter feed and website of the London Weekly are now live.

The print edition is expected to begin publication in February with copies distributed on Fridays and Saturday, with other editions also planned for Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham.

The Campaign for Freedom of Information is running two half-day courses on the FoI Act. They both take place on 4 February in London.

The morning session provides an introduction to the legislation for beginners while the afternoon will look at more advanced issues. For full details including prices visit

The new director of the Press Complaints Commission Stephen Abell has begun work in the post.

Previously deputy director of the PCC, he has succeeded Tim Toulmin following his appointment last month.