Diversity panel for BBC is ‘huge step forward’ BBC

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A bitter row has broken out within the ranks of the free speech campaign group, Index on Censorship, following the appointment of the comedian Steve Coogan as a patron.

Private Eye editor Ian Hislop and deputy Francis Wheen quit apparently in protest at Coogan’s role in the Hacked Off campaign which led demands for tighter press regulation in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal. Chief executive Jodie Ginsberg expressed “regret” at the resignations but defended Coogan’s appointment, saying freedom of speech depended upon debate among people with differing opinions.

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