08 June 2011

Hammersmith Chronicle accused of censoring local MP

The Hammersmith & Fulham Chronicle, which is now heavily reliant on advertising income from Tory H&F council, has apparently censored Labour MP Andy Slaughter's latest column.

In the draft he submitted to the paper, Andy complained that the Chronicle had reported on the deeply contentious White City and Shepherd's Bush Market schemes "without any critical commentary". He also said it was "carrying the council's propaganda pages, paid for from our council tax."

How did the bastions of free speech at Chronicle respond? By chopping these challenging remarks out of Mr Slaughter's column before it went to print.

For local people who believe that a local paper should carry a variety of views about the many contentious things our Tory council is up to, this bodes very ill.

See the full story here.

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