Key Focus

Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill

Last Updated: 14 June 2023

For years, news publishers have operated in a highly dysfunctional digital market which has precluded them from realising the fair returns for their content. This structural imbalance is placing the business model of news publishers, particularly local news publishers, under enormous strain, which in turn damages journalism in this country.

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Sustainability of Local Journalism

Last Updated: 26 June 2023

Local journalism plays a unique and vital role in promoting democracy in local communities across the UK. Local journalists are at the heart of the communities they serve, reporting on the stories that matter most to local residents and campaigning on their behalf.

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Press Freedom

Last Updated: 25 May 2023

Freedom of expression is a universal human right. It is not the prerogative of the politician. Nor is it the privilege of the journalist. In their day-to-day work, journalists are simply exercising every citizen’s right to free speech.

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In numbers


national and local news media titles are published in the UK

Source: NMA (2022)


of people are reached by news brands in the UK each month

Source: PAMCo (2023)

The UK is currently 26th out of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index

Source: Reporters Without Borders (2023)

Most Brits (62 per cent) believe journalists are playing a “valuable role” in covering the cost-of-living crisis

Source: Newsworks/OnePoll (2022)

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