On July 9th Jackie Harrison took part in a panel on “Trust in the Media: the UK focus” at the Global Conference for Media Freedom co-hosted by Chrystia Freeland, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jeremy Hunt, the UK Foreign Secretary.  The conference took place at The Printworks in London on 10-11th July and was attended by global leaders, representatives from the media industry, journalists, civil society and academia will gather to attend interactive panel discussions. 

On 10th July, the first day of the event, the focus was on defining the challenges to media freedom to highlight the challenges the UK media sector faces from trends in public perception and mistrust of news media and the balance around regulation supporting or inhibiting media freedom.  Jackie highlighted that trust in news media is linked to a media freedom ideal which requires the absence of instrumental interference by the state and market or by other vested interests, that journalists are able to report freely and without suffering attacks or harassment and that governments provide enabling environments so journalism that meets high standards of truthfulness can flourish.

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