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How do we reform Britain's media? Proposals and your responses

A new committee has drawn up media reform proposals in the light of the Leveson Inquiry. We publish the CCMR's proposals, alongside responses from media experts and practitioners, and invite our readers to join in the debate.
Co-ordinating Committee
19 December 2011

A new committee has drawn up media reform proposals in the light of the Leveson Inquiry. We publish the CCMR's proposals, alongside responses from media experts and practitioners, and invite our readers to join in the debate.

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The Co-ordinating Committee for Media Reform is a newly-formed umbrella organization of advocacy groups, academics and individuals campaigning for meaningful reform of the UK media. Media Reform was established to represent the interests of civil society in the light of the Leveson Inquiry and the Communications Review and to draw up policies designed to sustain the public interest and foster a more democratic media system.

In our new page, 'Reform Britain's Media', we publish the executive summary of the committee's recommendations, alongside responses from media experts and practitioners. We invite our readers to join in the debate by commenting on the page. There will be a range of further meetings to discuss issues that arise from this feedback, which will inform further responses both to the Leveson Inquiry and the Communications Review.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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