THE journalistic standards of the Thurrock Independent newspaper and its commentary that Thurrock Council is an authority of ‘Secrecy and Contempt’ has been upheld by a newspaper watchdog which threw out the council’s complaint that the statement was inaccurate.
In their edition of Thursday, 25 January they ran a front page comment slamming the council after it consistently failed to answer legitimate questions on a number of key topics of interest to the public of Thurrock.
They slammed the council for its waste or resources, incompetence and accountability and described its ‘shambolic and incompetent mismanagement of the borough’s pay parking system’ as just one example of its failures.
In their comment section, they said: “We want to be fair to the council and give it – and the people in the firing line – the opportunity to respond. Their answers will shape our stories.
“That’s why it is hugely important that the council issues timely and informative responses but it repeatedly declines to do so.
The comments prompted the council to write to the Independent Press Standards Organisation, one of the media industry’s monitoring organisations. The standards expected to be upheld by IPSO are recognised by Thurrock Council as the kitemark standard of performance it demands from news media organisations operating in Thurrock.
They listed a number of reasons why their comment was unjust and unfair. All were rejected by IPSO.
The full ruling can be found here https://www.ipso.co.uk/rulings-and-resolution-statements/ruling/?id=02615-18