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Call For MPs To Help Fight Mike Ashley Press Ban

6 years ago
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Today has brought a call for MPs to help fight the Mike Ashley press ban after the NCJ local newspapers; The Sunday Sun, Chronicle and Journal, covered a protest march against Mike Ashley.

The NUJ Parliamentary Group are asking members to call on their MP to sign an early day motion that condemns clubs, such as Newcastle United, Crawley Town, Port Vale, Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United which have withdrawn facilities from football reporters.

The Early Day Motion 844

BANNING OF JOURNALISTS FROM FOOTBALL GROUNDS

That this house condemns the decision of Newcastle United FC Chairman, Mike Ashley, to withdraw all report facilities for journalists working on the Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle Journal and Sunday Sun.

Notes that the denial of access to the St.James’ Park stadium press box, training ground and interviews with players and manager leaves reporters unable to report on events which are of great interest to the local community.

Further notes that this follows the temporary banning of a Daily Telegraph reporter by the same club last season and similar actions by Nottingham Forest, Port Vale, Crawley Town and Rotherham United.

Supports the National Union of Journalists in believing that journalists working for a free press in a  democratic society must be able to express themselves as they see fit within the law, without fear of petty and vindictive corporate sanctions.

Welcomes the broad support that supporters of the club have given to reporters trying to do their professional best in reporting the affairs of football clubs and therefore calls on the Premier League and Football Association to implement a code of conduct in respect of the treatment of working journalists.

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