Prominent journalist speaks at politics festival
At a time of increased scrutiny and criticism of the media, and on the eve of the publication of the report of the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the media, Andrew's lecture will examine "The Threats to Journalism". The talk will take place at the Rose Bowl in Lecture Theatre B from 2-3pm.
Andrew has had a long career in journalism, including a post at BBC Radio 4 during which he was involved in the controversy over the Government's report on weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in the lead up to the Iraq war. He is now London editor for the Sunday Telegraph and he writes, among other things, about London, Westminster and politics.
Dr Steve Wright, Senior Lecturer in Applied Global Ethics at Leeds Met, commented: "Andrew Gilligan was one of the few journalists to have the courage to challenge the Blair government's assertion that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction which could be used to attack within 45 minutes."
Dr Paul Wetherly, BA (Hons) Politics Course Leader, added: "This lecture will provide insights into the challenges facing journalism today and the always uneasy relationship between politics and the media. These are vital issues for all members of society."
To attend Andrew's talk, please contact FRSU@leedsmet.ac.uk or phone 0113 812 4334.
The Festival of Politics and Applied Global Ethics, a programme of discussions and debates on issues of political controversy, is running between 19 and 30 November. The full programme is as follows:
Monday 19 November, 1:30-3pm, Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre E - "Working for peace: Reflections on academic and political engagement", Dave Webb, Emeritus Professor in Peace & Conflict Studies, Leeds Met.
Tuesday 20 November, 2-3pm, Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre B - "The threats to journalism", Andrew Gilligan, London Editor of the Sunday Telegraph.
Wednesday 21 November, 2:30-4pm, Rose Bowl 301 - "Staying home: G.A.Cohen and the moticational basis of socialism: A critical response to Cohen's argument in 'Why not socialism?'", Professor Norman Geras, University of Manchester.
Friday 23 November, 10:30am-3pm, Rose Bowl Lecture Theatre B - "On your marks, get set, influence", Gerry Sutfcliffe MP, Phillip Davies MP, Professor Alan White, Professor Kevin Hyltonand others - Politics, sport and the common good. A Parliament Week event in partnership with the Houses of Parliament Outreach Service. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register for this event.
Friday 23 November, 3:30-4:30pm, Rose Bowl 313 - "Inequality and voting - do the selfish always win?", Professor Danny Dorling, University of Sheffield. Organised by the Leeds Met Politics Society.
Wednesday 28 November, 2:30-4pm, Rose Bowl 231 - "Islam in the West: Key issues in multiculturalism", Maxim Farrar, Simon Robinson, Yasmin Valli, Colin Webster and Paul Wetherly, Leeds Met.
Friday 30 November, 5:30-6:30pm, Rose Bowl 313 - "Why politics matters", Hilary Benn MP. Organised by the Leeds Met Politics Society
For more details about any of the events, please contact Paul Wetherly.