Caroline Pidgeon has strongly criticised the government for excluding independent and community newspapers and websites from its public health advertising drive during the coronavirus crisis.
Caroline told the South East London-based 853 community website:
“Some of the most insightful, challenging and truly community based reporting in London is by publications that come under the Independent Community News Network. Time and time again publications such as 853 and SE1 pick up on issues long before other forms of media.
“For independent news outlets to be excluded from an advertising partnership that is designed to help keep the public safe throughout the Covid-19 pandemic is a perverse and indefensible decision. Public health messages should be communicated to the huge audiences reading these publications.
“The current advertising contract is also a snub to everyone who values a vibrant, diverse and community based media.”