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New rights for journalists and bloggers to film and report council meetings.

A new law to force councils to allow filming gets it's day today.

The Local Audit and Accountability Bill is expected to have it's second reading in the house of Commons today. According to a press release from Eric Pickles MP a few days ago the new law will give the press and public new rights to film and report council meetings.

The press release goes on to say that the Bill will enshrine in the law the right of residents, bloggers and journalists to report, blog, tweet and film council meetings in England.

Eric Pickles said An independent local press and robust public scrutiny is essential for a healthy local democracy. We have given councils more power, but local people need to be able to hold their councils to account. We are taking action against town hall Pravdas which are undermining the independent free press, but I want to do more to help the new cadre of hyper-local journalists and bloggers.

He went on to say This new right will be the key to helping bloggers and tweeters as well as journalists to unlocking the mysteries of local government and making it more transparent for all. My department is standing up for press freedom.

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