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1112 Andrew Gilligan

1112 Andrew Gilligan

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Published by: Leeds Metropolitan University on Nov 19, 2012
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 November 2012For immediate releaseProminent journalist speaks at politics festival
London editor for The Sunday Telegraph, Andrew Gilligan, is set to deliver afree public lecture at Leeds Metropolitan University on Tuesday 20 November as part of the
University‟s
Festival of Politics and Applied Global Ethics. 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 University‟s city centre Rose Bowl
building 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 isnow 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 thecourage to challenge the Blair government's assertion that Iraq had weaponsof mass destruction which could be used to attack within 45 minutes
.”
 
Dr Paul Wetherly, BA (Hons) Politics Course Leader, added: “
This lecture willprovide insights into the challenges facing journalism today and the alwaysuneasy relationship between politics and the media. These are vital issues for 
all members of society.”
 
 
 The Festival of Politics and Applied Global Ethics, a programme of discussions and debates on issues of political controversy, is running between19 and 30 November. Speakers and participants at the festival include MPsHilary Benn, Gerry Sutcliffe and Phillip Davies, High Performance coach withUK Athletics and British Triathlon and coach to Alistair and JonathanBrownlee, Malcolm Brown, and a range of academic experts. Issues includesport and politics, multiculturalism, socialist ethics, working for peace, andwhy politics matters.
To attend Andrew‟s talk, please contact
FRSU@leedsmet.ac.uk or phone0113 812 4334.
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For further details please contact Carrie Braithwaite in the Communicationsteam at Leeds Met on 0113 812 3022 or email c.braithwaite@leedsmet.ac.uk
Notes for editors:
Leeds Metropolitan University has over 27,000 students and around2,800 staff.
The Vice Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University is Professor Susan Price and the Chair of the Board is Lord Woolmer of Leeds.
 
Leeds Metropolitan‟s four faculties are: Arts, Environment and
Technology, Business & Law, Health and Social Sciences, andCarnegie.
The Destination of Leavers in Higher Education (DLHE) showed thatthe proportion of Leeds Metropolitan 2010/11 graduates in work, further study or both six months after leaving university was 91.87%.

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