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Saturday, 1 May 2010

Any old news?

Who reads the local paper or listens to the local radio?

If we had a decent local press they would have been campaigning for transparency and decent local government, highlighting the bad behaviour of Ex Cllr Beech et al at Parish Council meetings, looking at the contract for the bandstand and the list goes on and on and on and on......

Without a free press - freedom's a mess. Never more so than in Rutland today. The press are meant to be the fifth estate, but that presumes you have people who care about their vocation as journalists and have a zest to examine local government, rather than cosy on up to local government.

Unfortunately the press in this country have given up their freedom to ensure that advertisers advertise.

Market forces dictate that if the press refuse to uncover the news, through fear of losing advertisers, then people won't buy the rag for the adverts alone sans any real news content. Adverts never sold papers, news sold papers. I don't think there has been any real news in our local media for ages. Whatever happened to the Manchester Evening Guardian. Ahhhh.... those were the days my friend.

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