Breaking down the barriers to the public’s right to know is to be the key theme of this year’s Society of Editors’ conference, to take place in London in November.
The year’s biggest annual media gathering will open on Monday 11 November at the Tower Hotel in the heart of the capital.
The conference will highlight the public’s right to know, freedom of expression and the need to lift what the SoE calls “the increasing number of barriers to the free flow of information to the public through the media.”
It will look at issues such as secret justice, reporting restrictions in coroners’ courts, the law of contempt, and anonymity where it is inappropriate and sometimes dangerous.
The conference will also focus on increasing concerns across all sections of the media that journalism is being constrained in the post-Leveson, post-Savile era.
A specific session is planned on the police and the media and other concerns arising from the continuing debate about the future of newspaper regulation.
“It is about defending the freedom of the media to inform the public who have a right to be informed and to be heard.”
The SoE says further details about the programme and booking arrangements will be announced by the end of this month.