Editor slams ‘local news suppression’ as he backs Portsmouth News

An editor has denounced the “suppression of local news” after copies of a nearby newspaper were blocked from reaching his patch.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, Portsmouth, has demanded answers from both Essex Police and Thurrock Council over the incident, in which police prevented delivery drivers from leaving the factory where the National World title is printed.

Now Newsquest Hampshire regional editor Kimberley Barber has publicly expressed her solidarity with the Portsmouth daily following the incident, which came amid a protest by environmental activists near the factory.

Kimberley, who was a business editor at The News before taking her current role at Newsquest, criticized the police decision as having “undermined the principle of journalism”. in an editorial for the Hampshire Chronicle titled “Why we must not accept the suppression of local news”.

Kimberley, pictured, wrote: ‘The paper published a free online version, and on Tuesday, Monday’s papers had also arrived in stores. God bless the poor truck driver.

“But in the end, it’s a worrying situation when freedom of the press is threatened. Questions must be answered – and assurances must be given that this will not happen again – in the News or any other local newspaper.

Speaking to HTFP, she added: “The delivery issues that have affected The News could happen to any local news title and it is essential that plans are in place to ensure this does not happen. reproduce more.

“I keep a close eye on my former workplace and have great respect for Editor Mark Waldron and his hard-working team. I know how devastated they must have been to see their hard work prevented from reach the stores.

“It’s such a difficult time for local news right now as we fight to stay in business despite rising production costs, the cost of living crisis affecting our readers’ ability to buy our newspapers and growing public mistrust.

“It is essential that reliable and reliable local information continues to reach our communities. This must not happen again. »

Essex Police previously told The News the decision had been made to ‘keep everyone safe, keep traffic flowing and minimize the impact of the disruption to businesses and critical infrastructure’.

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