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Media policy document is ‘a first step'

August 30th, 2018 11:43 PM

By Southern Star Team

Frank Mulrennan, president, Local Ireland, said the document represents a step forward.

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LOCAL Ireland, representing local newspapers, welcomed the publication of Fianna Fáil’s policy document ‘Newspaper Publishing – A Policy to Sustain High Quality Journalism in Irish Public Life’. 

Frank Mulrennan, president, Local Ireland, said the document represents a step forward in developing an effective response to support independent journalism.  ‘As “fake news” has emerged as a national and international challenge, we welcome the document’s acknowledgement of the critical role of newspapers,’ said Frank. 

Local Ireland and Newsbrands Ireland (representing national newspapers) has launched its Journalism Matters campaign with a five-point plan, targeting VAT rates, defamation laws, seeking a Minister for Media; a Media Fund and support for journalism training schemes.

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