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SENIOR MPS CALL FOR COLLABORATION TO SAFEGUARD AND FUTURE-PROOF UK MEDIA

L-R: Cllr Chris Whitehouse, Jeremy Wright MP and Rosie Cooper MP

The All-Party Parliamentary Media Group, run by Isle of Wight Councillor Chris Whitehouse, this week called for cross-government and industry collaboration to safeguard the future of media and its role in society.

The All-Party Parliamentary Media Group Chair, Rosie Cooper MP, used the group’s Annual Reception in parliament, organised by The Whitehouse Consultancy, to call for industry, government and regulators to work together to gain a deeper understanding of how audiences use media; the role of the industry in tackling fake news; the direction of media as a business; and media as a factor in social isolation and social pressures.

Rosie Cooper MP said:

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“‘Over the last twelve months we’ve seen a series of high-profile cases where people have suffered as a result of pressures placed on them through social media, where businesses have had their security compromised, and where fake news has been able to gain traction.

“As a group, our aim is to help the UK respond to dramatic changes in the way people consume information and to make sure our media industry remains a world leader. We work with the industry to ensure modern media is safe and works in a way which supports our economy and society and, where necessary, we push for regulatory guidance to achieve this.”

The event was addressed by Secretary of State for Digital Culture, Media and Sport Jeremy Wright MP, who spoke about the importance of diversity in the sector and the need to tackle misinformation and disinformation. It was attended by industry leaders from broadcast, tech, publishing, film, fashion, advertising and communications.

Cllr Whitehouse, who serves as Clerk to the Group, added:

“In the New Year, the Group intends to undertake a short inquiry into the impact upon and protection of children in the social media environment. I look forward very much to this important project”.

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Photo shows L to R, Cllr Chris Whitehouse, Secretary of State for Digital Culture Media and Sport, Rt Hon Jeremy Wright MP, and Media Group Chair, Rosie Cooper MP.

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