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.