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Top speakers unveiled for Society of Editors conference

Local World chief executive Steve Auckland is among the top names in the media industry who will speak at the Society of Editors conference.

The conference takes place in November under the theme of ‘Freedom to Inform’ and the SoE has unveiled a series of high-profile names who are confirmed speakers for the London event.

They include Stig Abell, managing editor of The Sun, Sun editor David Dinsmore, Liberty director Shami Chakrabarti, Press Complaints Commission chairman Lord Hunt and John Witherow, editor of The Times.

Other confirmed speakers include former Scotsman editor John McLellan, who is now director of the Scottish Newspaper Society, Paul Vickers, chairman of the Industry Implementation Group, Information Commissioner Christopher Graham and Tony Jaffa, a partner with media law specialists Foot Anstey.

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

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

The sessions will be chaired by media consultant Steve Hewlett and media commentator Raymond Snoddy.

For further information on the conference, click here.