Newcastle United deny banning journalists to effect editorial control
Newcastle United have officially denied that Mike Ashley has banned numerous journalists and newspapers to ‘effect editorial control’.
The club’s claim comes after numerous journalists have been banned, with the perception of an overwhelming majority of the supporters believing that it is done to make sure that those who aren’t banned tow the party line.
At the latest meeting of the club’s Fans Forum, Gordon Gilchrist suggested that Newcastle United’s relationships with “certain press” was resulting in stories being fabricated or not being checked for accuracy, leading to incorrect rumours circulating.
The club’s head of PR Lee Marshall (who also doubles up bizarrely as Fans’ Liaison Officer) replied in the Fans Forum minutes;
The Fans Forum is an opportunity for members to quiz the club on any issues on behalf of all supporters, as well as being the club’s opportunity to redress the balance with facts. All questions and answers are published on the club’s website for the wider fan base.
The club explained that it was simply not feasible for the club to proactively refute every piece of incorrect information written about players or club business.
It was explained that such inaccuracies or untruths are far more frequently ignored by the club, while in cases where stories were patently untrue, media outlets had been subject to bans.
The club explained that all football clubs deal with such issues in different ways. It was explained that bans are not issued by the club to effect editorial control when things aren’t positive; they are a response to stories that are factually incorrect and are potentially damaging.
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