Media Rally reform in conjunction with the Hacked Off Campaign
One day after news broke that Rebecca Brookes, the editor of News of the World, was charged with perverting the course of justice, the Media Rally took place in Westminster, promoting a eh-hem more democratic and accountable media.
Championed by a committee set up to co-ordinate the civic response to the Leveson Inquiry, the event was a perfect venue for those who may have been a little – ‘hacked off’ by the media to have their say on what needs to change and it was an important first step in taking action.
The evening saw a unique mix of politicians, celebs, victims and campaigners join together to voice their concerns, opinions and offer remedies on how to reform our media. Youth Media Agency and Endz2Endz were there of course, giving young media mugles a voice and promoting the 4 points of change for the press complaints commission and the editors code of practice.
The Youth Media Agency team added energy to the evening, despite not being given a slot to speak and received some great support from both attendees and speakers who added some interesting commentary round our campaign.
Hugh Grant said he felt it was important too. Owen Jones- author of popular selling book Chavs, supported our campaign and felt that youth media was a great way to by pass some of barriers of getting representative groups of young people into the otherwise elitist media!
Harriet Harman, MP, said she felt that the PCC have a duty to increase accessibility for young people in particular. While Jacqui Hunt felt that in order to make a change to their representations young people need to push for it.