Kenneth Clarke to address Society of Editors conference

Secretary of State for Justice Kenneth Clarke has been confirmed as a keynote speaker at next month’s Society of Editors conference – Magna Carta Two.

Clarke is responsible for libel law reform and access to the courts – both of which are likely to be big talking points at the event.

The conference will open on Sunday, 13 November, with the Society of Editors annual lecture delivered by the chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten.

Monday will take the form of a rolling debate chaired by Steve Hewlett of BBC Radio Four’s Media Show, focusing on the future of self regulation and the relationship between the press, politicians, the police and the public.

Confirmed speakers include Alan Rusbridger of the Guardian, Chris Blackhurst of the Independent, James Harding of The Times, former editor of the News of the World, Colin Myler, John Kamfpner of Index on Censorship and Stephen Abell of the PCC.

The venue, the Runnymede-on-Thames hotel at Egham, is close to the spot where King John signed the Magna Carta in 1215 guaranteeing many basic freedoms.

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