Supporting Local Newspaper Week

Michael Moore MP with Berwickshire News, supporting local newspaper week from Westminster
Michael Moore MP with Berwickshire News, supporting local newspaper week from Westminster

Borders MP is backing Local Newspaper Week and showing his support for local newspapers here in the Borders.

This year Local Newspaper Week (May 13-19) is focusing on press freedom and the important role that local newspapers play in underpinning local democracy.

Mr Moore said: “I am glad to give my backing to Local Newspaper Week because I am a passionate supporter of the local press and press freedom.

“Here in the Borders, we have many top quality papers which hold local politicians and public services to account and play a key role in informing Borderers of the latest news and events.

“As part of this week, I want to encourage Borderers to regularly buy a local paper to ensure that we can continue to enjoy the robust and successful local press we currently have, in years to come.”

Nearly half of all local newspaper editors believe the Leveson Inquiry has negatively affected their titles’ relationship with readers, according to a survey of Newspaper Society members during Local Newspaper Week.

The survey was conducted in the weeks before the Government’s Royal Charter for press regulation was published, prompting widespread concern about its impact on the industry. And around 46 per cent of editors believed their papers’ relationship with readers had been negatively affected by the Leveson Inquiry and connected events.

One editor commented: “There are readers - including local councillors - who have failed to make the distinction intellectually between national and local press and we have therefore been tarred with the same brush.”