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so what is the gazette waiting for?

Mr Monkey’s investigations have revealed far more about council leader Iain Malcolm and the local Labour party than than this chimp ever imagined.

It seems that after year’s of watching the corrupt and devious practices of Iain Malcolm and his stooges, there’s literally dozens of people who are now prepared to reveal what really went on behind closed doors and the Malcolm’s kitchen table.

Apparently the inner circle made up of a handful of power hungry individuals led by the Malcolm brothers did anything and everything to get their hands on the reigns of power.

Over the next few weeks Mr Monkey will be revealing some of the shocking and frankly despiclable methods these gangsters politicians and their stooges used to get their own way. Nothing or no one was sacred, even their own loved ones.

Iain Malcolm’s ballot rigging antics are now in the public domain and judging by the comments made on this site it would seem that some of you have taken matters into your own hands and have contacted the police asking for a full investigation. Others have contacted the Standards Board, the Electoral Commission and the Conservative Party.

Mr Monkey has also been told that pressure is building on the local media to expose the shameful antics of council leader Iain Malcolm, but for some reason they seem reluctant to publish the biggest local political story in years.

So what are you waiting for Mr Szymanski? 

Mr Monkey has been told that internet start, ST Central have already stolen a march on the Gazette and are apparently in possession of some pretty incriminating documents.

It appears that they did not know what to do with the story and given the political implicationsof the subsequent cover up at the highest levels of the Labour party and perhaps government they contacted the BBC. Apparently their other company Jag Productions has strong links with the BBC as they produce TVprogrammes for them, including investigative news programmes and documentaries.

Mr Monkey has also been told they’ve now passed the documents onto the police and asked them to carry out an investigation into the matter – in effect they have made a formal complaint about election fraud.

Mr Monkey reckons in this instance the local media should be working together rather than competing against each other. This story has huge public interest value and surely the local media should be leading from the front instead waiting to pick up the scraps others leave behind.

Mr Monkey also thinks it time for the public to up the anti by contacting the local press themselves instead of leaving comments here about what should or shouldn’t happen. Why not contact the editor of the Gazette yourself and tell him how you feel?

You can e mail him at or ring him on 0191 427 4800. If you prefer pop into the Gazette office on Chapter Row and ask to speak to John Szymanski or the paper’s political reporter Paul Myles Kelly.


Outrage As BBC and Sky Ban Gaza Appeal

Tonight, the pressure is mounting on the BBC and Sky TV to broadcast a humanitarian aid appeal for Gaza.

Both broadcasters have banned the Disasters Emergency Committee advert because they say they don’t want to look like they’re taking sides. But now the British government, and the two main opposition parties (the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats) have demanded the advert be shown.

Douglas Alexander, the International Development Minister said:

“I really struggle to see in the face of the immense human suffering of people in Gaza… that this is in any way a credible argument. They [the BBC] still have time to make a different judgement to recognise the immense human suffering.”

The Conservatives said it should be shown, to let people make up their own minds. And the Liberal Democrats called the BBC’s decision “disgraceful”.

Rival broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Five will show the advert tonight.

In the past the BBC has shown every DEC appeal including highly political humanitarian disasters, like Yugoslavia, Myanmar, Darfur and he Congo.

But by banning it, the BBC is doing something more than hurting the people of Gaza, it’s politicising the neutral work of the DEC – which includes organisations like the Red Cross, Oxfam, Save the Children, Christian Aid, Islamic Relief, Help the Aged, World Vision, CAFOD, Action Aid, Tearfund, Merlin, Care International and Concern.

 If you’d like to donate to the appeal, you can do so by CLICKING HERE.


‘Monkey Journalism’

Seems anyone with access to a computer can be a ‘journalist’ these days.


Of course, that depends on how you define a journalist. If you define it as someone who has a platform on which to publish or broadcast news and views, then everyone is a journalist – thanks, mostly, to the internet.


It’s not only on the web that we’re seeing ‘monkey journalism’. Sky News, CNN and the BBC are using amateur video shot by anyone who happens to be in the right place at the right time and captures something interesting. Yet the public has no idea what kind of “vetting” process these videos go through before being broadcast on air.
But the internet still poses the greatest dangers, as well as some potential benefits, of ‘monkey journalism’. As long as the reader understands the difference between this and traditional journalism, there is less potential harm to result. Unfortunately, they often don’t.
Blogs and forums pose the greatest problems. Social networking sites like Facebook are less problematic because they have settings to limit access to certain groups. Although, nothing posted on the web is ever completely private. On the other hand, most blogs and many forums are fully searchable on Google. Yet, often the content is provided by people who frequently use a pseudonym. They feel powerful while writing anonymously and often make statements that would never be allowed in conventional journalism. Short of getting a lawyer to force the forum owner or blog host to reveal the true identity of the writer, which can take several years and hundreds of thousands of pounds, the victim has little recourse.
‘Real journalists’ often get a bad rap and there are certainly bad ones in the profession. However, those who work for major media outlets have strict guidelines to follow. Every organisation has a journalistic standards and procedures manual with guidelines governing fact-checking, libelous or slanderous statements, identifying sources of information, and identifying the line between opinion and fact. In addition, each reporter has an editor overseeing what he or she creates. And, when in doubt, they can seek specialist legal advice.
‘Monkey journalists’ have no such guidelines, have no one to whom they report to, no legal advice, and have no policies and procedures manual to consult. They are free to make malicious and untrue statements. They are also free to make you a hero, even if you might actually be an arsehole.
Often people featured on blogs have both been victims of, and also benefited from, ‘monkey journalism’. If you are in the public eye, you are a potential victim. There are some great bloggers out there and blogs are becoming a popular source of information, news and opinion. But, the internet is relatively new in terms of legal precedents being set. And it is a difficult medium to govern, whether legally or ethically.
No one can argue that a good publicist and developing good media relations can exert considerable positive influence on your image in the traditional media and there’s no better example of this than the power South Tyneside Council’s press office has over the Shields Gazette.


But its lot harder to do when every man, woman and child in the world has the right to publish their thoughts.

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