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IMPORTANCE OF A FREE PRESS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 504: tabled on 06 November 2017

Tabled in the 2017-19 session.

This motion has been signed by 5 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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Motion text

That this House believes a free and independent press is vital to healthy political and public life; notes the contribution of Scottish newspapers to political and public life; welcomes the focus of papers, such as the Scotsman, on news from a Scottish perspective; and condemns the acquisition of publishers and the publicity surrounding it to undermine good journalism and promote personal agendas.

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IMPORTANCE OF A FREE PRESS (Amendment 1)
leave out 'welcomes' to end, insert, 'further notes that in July 2017 Johnston Press threatened to close 24 local newspapers across Scotland; notes at the same time there were around 12 vacancies in the three Scotsman titles creating a lot of stress and demands on journalists to work extra hours; notes that following the National Union of Journalists intervention and negotiation there were no closures; and one company stated filling vacancies; and notes current dissatisfaction within the Johnston Press Board, and real concerns in the direction of the company, affecting the quality of the titles.'.
Scottish National Party, Glasgow South West
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EDM 504A1: tabled on 14 November 2017