Falconer set for keynote speech

Speaking: The Lord Chancellor

The Lord Chancellor will be a keynote speaker at the annual Law for Journalists conference, run jointly by Press Gazette and the Newspaper Society, which is being held in London on 26 November.

Lord Falconer will be speaking during a special afternoon session on Freedom of Information and the Media.

The new FoI Act becomes law on 1 January next year.

It will give journalists the right to request information from the government, local authorities and public bodies.

The session will be chaired by Maurice Frankel, director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information He will explain how lawyers and journalists will be able to use their new rights. It will also feature Tony Collins,of Computer Weekly; David Hencke of The Guardian; Paul Francis, political editor, Kent Messenger.

There will also be a session on ‘How to Avoid Having To Pulp Your Magazine’ with Jane Johnson, editor of Closer, and lawyer Caroline Kean, of Wiggin & Co.

The conference will be of relevance to national and regional press, online and broadcast media, for journalists and other editorial staff, students, trainers, and media lawyers.

Reservations for the conference, to be held at the Royal Society for the Arts, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2 6EZ, can be made through Aimee Lester, conference manager, 19 Scarbrook Road, Croydon CR9 1LX.

Tel: 0208 565 4292; fax: 020 8565 4395; e-mail:aimeel@quantumbusiness media.com Tickets for Newspaper Society members, and Press Gazette subscribers, cost £270 + VAT.

The multiple booking rate for three or more delegates is £245 + VAT per delegate.

Tickets for non-members/non-subscribers cost £350 + VAT.

The multiple booking rate for three or more delegates is £310 + VAT per delegate.

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