exclusive: Gazette editor John Szymanski clamps down on freespeech

'The Pride of South Tyneside?'

John Szymanski 'The Pride of South Tyneside?'

Mr Monkey is currently looking into allegations that the editor of the Shields Gazette and chair of the Northern region of the Society of Editors, John Szymanski has complained to council leader Iain Malcolm about the contents of a newsletter that criticised the Gazette’s less then healthy relationship with the ruling Labour group.

Councillor Malcolm advised Mr Szymanski to lodge a formal complaint against the individuals concerned and as usual John Szymanski has followed his paymaster’s advice to the letter.

Mr Monkey is trying to establish more facts concerning these allegations and hopes to update bloggers in the next 24 hours.

Interestingly, the Society of Editors recognises the universal right to freedom of expression, the importance of the vitality of the news media in a democratic society, and the promotion of Press and broadcasting freedom and the public’s right to know and this is what Mr Szymanski had to say when he was elected, 

“A free Press is essential to any democracy and I will strive to ensure the Society does its utmost to protect the freedom of all sectors of the media to report on behalf of the public.”

Sadly it seems that Mr Szymanski is now singing from a different hymn sheet and his actions, if true, speak volumes for what he really believes in.


12 Responses to “exclusive: Gazette editor John Szymanski clamps down on freespeech”

  1. 1 Sky Pilot
    21/04/2009 at 17:38

    But Mr Monkey, you and everyone else all know that Papa John receives his pay from Iain Malcolm in the form of sausage rolls!

    It is simply another facet of the corrupting influence of the current leader of the Malcolm Mafia whose dirty deeds are, thankfully, being outlined in your blog.

    Ask anyone in the Fanzine what orders Papa John gives each morning, about who is not to be mentioned in his tawdry rag that day!

    Anyone who would like to see Miss Piggy in action, ought to attend Council Meetings. There is one on Thursday 23, at 3 p.m.

  2. 2 The Scunner Campbell
    21/04/2009 at 18:51

    Absolutely nothing surprises me about the actions and forty-faces of this morally dilapidated wanker.
    The only person who finds this complete arse wipe as important or interesting is himself.

    If he had to go into surgery for an arsehole transplant, the arsehole would reject him.

  3. 3 Ship to SHORE
    21/04/2009 at 19:15

    Typical silly little monkey. Someone disagrees with your pathetic little blog and you spit ya dummy out. Grow up u sad obsessive little man. is your wife not getting a little annoyed with this by now?… or have you already been divorced?

  4. 4 The Scunner Campbell
    21/04/2009 at 20:13

    Hmm. A lot of Anti-Monkey posts lately. Seems like a concerted effort to me. I wonder how many free sausage rolls they’ve been promised by their puppet masters, Mr Monkey? 😉

  5. 5 Ship to SHORE
    21/04/2009 at 20:36

    After the filth this cowardly little man has posted what do you expect? It’s only a matter of time before he is outed and publicly disgraced for the scumbag he is.

    A failure who has never learned by his (many) previous mistakes. Although I suppose a guy who has nothing to lose in the first place has little to fear.

  6. 6 Philip Carey
    21/04/2009 at 22:03

    Szymanski should be ashamed of himself – he has brought derision on his profession but perhaps more importantly, he has compromised a provincial newspaper which has served its community admirably over the decades.

    He is missing a trick here. If The Gazette and its publishers are feeling the old circulation pinch, then why don’t they stimulate sales and give the Borough a good old political scandal, for instance a sad tale concerning election fraud and a council leader?

    Everybody knows you follow the ramblings on this site, so what’s it going to be John?

    Are you going to preserve your sausage rolls, or the pay rolls of your staff?

  7. 7 Ship to SHORE
    21/04/2009 at 22:12

    Unlike the coward behind this pathetic little site, the editor of the local newspaper has to answer to people, so of course he is not going to print the garbage displayed here.

    So who is the coward eh? Clearly it’s the Monkey. No class, style or guts! Grow up

  8. 8 The Librarian
    21/04/2009 at 22:31

    Answerable to the people you say, so whens he going to start?

  9. 9 Philip Carey
    21/04/2009 at 22:42

    Tell me Ship to SHORE, are the stats relating to Potts attendance rates and expenses claims “garbage”? They can be checked, confirmed, ratified and backed up by referring to South Tyneside Council’s own website.

    Is the expenditure of tax payer’s money not in the public interest? Councillors are answerable to the public, but if The Gazette fails to highlight their disregard for the electorate, then it is left to sites like this to make them accountable.

  10. 10 The All Seeing Eye
    21/04/2009 at 22:53

    Good point Philip Carey, but you miss a further issue. If Ship to Shore considers this site “pathetic”, why does he read its posts, but more importantly, why does he waste his time lodging comments?

  11. 11 The Scunner Campbell
    22/04/2009 at 08:17

    Ship to SHORE: Got to pull you up on something here. You quoted “the editor of the local newspaper has to answer to people”. I can tell you with absolute certainty that the man you appear to defend is also a coward and a liar. Trust me. He can be a very dangerous man – in his position of editing a local rag he has powers. And he’s used that power before.
    Quite simply, I and many others consider websites/blogs such as this as “PayBack Time”.

  12. 12 Sky Pilot
    22/04/2009 at 16:09

    The Scunner Campbell, thanks for your latest comment, especially your last line.
    For those people who are devious, coniving and corrupt, all things come round, and the Mr Monkey Blog is the instrument by which they are bitten on their putrid backsides.

    Yes, Iain, and Ed, Papa John, Potts and Big Daft George Elsom, together with all of your hangers on – time to pad your worthless backsides.

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