Councils routinely bully local media (Southport)

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A survey of news editors by the Newspaper Society reveals that local councils routinely bully local media by threatening to withdraw advertising if they don’t like what’s published.   Many online news media organisations have been discriminated against by local Council’s.

Luckily this ‘tactic’ does not work against OTS as Sefton Council does not recognise OTS News as media, unlike the other local rags.

Last week was Local Newspaper Week, and to `celebrate’, the Newspaper Society released the results of its survey of local editors which shows starkly the attitude of local councils to press freedom.

More than a quarter (27%) have received a threat from a public body to suspend advertising as a result of journalistic activity – like an article they don’t like or even a reporter asking the wrong kind of question or merely attending a meeting.

Of those which had been threatened, 40% had seen the threat of withdrawing advertising carried out, the Newspaper Society survey found.   The Newspaper Society survey reveals the reality of a free local press giving citizens a right to know what is happening with their money and in their name is being eroded by the day.

Speaking about the findings of the survey, Newspaper Society president Adrian Jeakings said: “Local newspapers’ ability to hold authority and the powerful to account on behalf of their readers underpins local democracy in Britain and we are in serious danger of seeing this become irreparably damaged.”

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