Andrew Norfolk and the Times, finally brought to everyone’s attention, an issue Rotherham Politics had been raising for many months, with limited success beyond our readership.
The Rotherham Advertiser has caught up somewhat for lost time in the last two editions but has still to get at some of the central issues involved, put the questions to those responsible, insist they give answers and then make them public, so that us plebs, can judge for ourselves. That is, after all, one of the prime functions of a free press in this country!
I raised more than an eyebrow when, after reading the reporting this week, I started on the letters and came across the following words from an anonymous correspondent:
“I’m getting the impression from your coverage (last week) that a meeting between the Advertiser and the police and Rotherham Council took place to discuss how best to deal with reporting this crime. The effect this has had on your reports is obvious. I urge you to balance it out.”
Unless I missed it, the Advertiser have neither reported on this to readers, nor did they deny the implication in the letter that a meeting had taken place, in an editorial aside, for example, after the letter!
Has the ‘Tiser been sworn to secrecy by SY Police and RMBC and this was the only way they felt they had to let us know? We should be told!
Remember SY Police and RMBC, we have been told in the Times and Advertiser, are the selfsame organisations that have kept these harrowing facts from us for sixteen years! Why should we be surprised therefore, that they would still be trying to minimise the embarrassment to themselves, now!
This is just the time for the Advertiser to stand up for us, get at the full truth and publish it! Not for them to be co-opted into being ‘careful’ in their reporting. That approach is censorship, pure and simple!