The Bristol branch of the NUJ has organised the debate on 27 November, with Lord Justice Leveson expected to publish his report on the future regulation of the industry around that time.
Michelle has come under fire from publishers for supporting a new regulatory framework for the industry “underpinned” by statute – but she denies this amounts to statutory regulation.
She said: “We believe that if we are to achieve independent, accountable regulation it needs to be underpinned by statute enabling a framework for a new body to be established with clear terms of reference, and a structure that involves journalists and civil society as key stakeholders.
“This is absolutely not the same as state regulation, far from it. Our model is based on the system in Ireland, where a Press Council was established together with a Press Ombudsman.”
The event has been organised in partnership with the Bristol Festival of Ideas and the University of the West of England and also speaking will be Mick Hume, author of There is No Such Thing as a Free Press. It takes place at the Watershed in Bristol at 7pm and tickets, which cost £7 or £5 for concessions and NUJ members, are available by contacting 0117 927 5100.