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Secrecy tops agenda as conference returns to capital

The year’s biggest annual media gathering is to return to London this year with threats to editorial freedom top of the agenda.

The Society of Editors conference will take place on November 11-12 at the Tower Hotel, overlooking Tower Bridge and St Katherine’s Dock, and will focus on the theme of the freedom to inform and the public’s right to know.

Alongside sessions on the police and the media, the future of regulation and how best to pay for journalism, the conference will also look at will look at new threats to the media such as secret justice, pre-charge anonymity and teachers’ anonymity.

Shortened from three days to two, the Monday session of the conference will now incorporate the Society of Editors Lecture, previously held on the Sunday evening.

Society of Editors president, Jonathan Grun, editor of the Press Association said: “”This year’s conference follows a year in which countering threats to the media have been at the forefront of the society’s work.

“We will use this conference to make the case that an independent, robust press is truly a force for good and it will be a forum to debate the key issues with our critics.”

The conference will run from the morning of Monday November 11 with more sessions on the morning of Tuesday November 12.

For more information or to book your place, contact SoE executive director Bob Satchwell on 07860562815 or at