The Newspaper Publishers Association, the trade association for all
UK national newspapers, has hired public affairs consultancy Political
Context to handle its UK government relations account.
The brief will involve monitoring and lobbying on issues surrounding the
Competition Bill, which contains a clause on predatory pricing, and the
Human Rights Bill, which governs freedom of information and data
Both bills are currently going through Parliament.
The agency will also support the NPA in ongoing debates like crown
copyright, which protects most Government documents from duplication
without a licence and is currently being challenged by publishers.
The NPA also retains Angela Mills, an independent European public
affairs consultant, for monitoring and lobbying on a European basis.
Political Context has been appointed on a one-year contract believed to
hold an annual budget of pounds 30,000.