The Chronicle Promise To Fight Ashley’s Attempts To Gag The Local Press
The editor of the Chronicle, Darren Thwaites, has confirmed that they stayed quiet about the ban by Mike Ashley because they didn’t want to disrupt the derby preparations.
Fans were left speechless when on top of the poor derby performance and result, it became embarrassingly clear after the match that the Newcastle owner had banned the local Thomson House newspapers (Sunday Sun, Chronicle, Journal) from contact with Newcastle United’s manager and players.
The reason being that the local papers had dared to cover the pre-Liverpool match, protest march.
“It is always disappointing to fall out with a football club but our independence and integrity is much more important.
“We may be banned but we will not be gagged. We all want Newcastle United to be successful but it would be nonsense to pretend the fans are happy about what is going on behind the scenes.
“It is important for fans to know that our coverage is informed and independent, we have no intention of allowing the club to dictate what we can and can’t print.”
I just hope that the local papers don’t crumble in the face of Ashley’s bullying, nothing less than a full personal apology from him should be the aim. If you didn’t realise already, the likes of the Chronicle are owned by Trinity Mirror who are a major concern with many parts to the company including national titles such as the Sunday People and Mirror.
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