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EDITORIAL: Elections – and why we stay neutral




Local newspapers tread a tricky line at election time.

We do not want to stifle debate, but neither are we a platform for personal or defamatory attacks on candidates.

In trying to be fair, we are inevitably suspected of favouring one party over others.

Diss Express office, Mere Street.
Diss Express office, Mere Street.

So let us be clear: we stay out of party politics. We are not a Tory, Labour or Liberal paper. We encourage debate, but we do not take sides.

Clearly not everyone appreciates our position because this week our office window was defaced by a letter purportedly written by the proprietor of the Diss Express, although the writer of this piece of fiction even got that wrong.

Our proprietor is not a third baron, so there is an example of why some letters are not published: the facts are wrong.

While we do not think the letter will fool anyone, let us simply state this: the so-called letter is fake news. Someone’s political zeal has overtaken their common sense. Thankfully, all the rest of our correspondents have remained level-headed.

If, now that the election results are in, the writer’s equilibrium has returned, he or she might want to make another visit to the Express offices at a convenient time and un-super glue their work from the window.


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