James Mitchinson: Freedom to seek out the truth in peril

THE Yorkshire Post has a centuries-old track record of high quality investigative journalism, with successive editors pledging allegiance to the oath originally set down as the Post’s founding statement:

“[This newspaper] while supporting every practical improvement … will be at once conservative and progressive… but the firm friend of all constitutional reform.”

That journalistic vow represents this newspaper’s contract with the people of Yorkshire, to protect the interests of the county and to champion its assets while holding those in authority to account without fear or favour.

This year, 2017, marks the 20th anniversary of what is arguably The Yorkshire Post’s finest piece of investigative journalism: ‘Donnygate’.

Declared ‘historic stuff’ by judges at the Regional Press Awards, the multi-million-pound planning scandal revelations were the culmination of months of tenacious digging by the paper’s journalists, and courageous defiance of legal jeopardy by then editor Tony Watson.

Read on… http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/james-mitchinson-freedom-to-seek-out-the-truth-in-peril-1-8322121

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