A Facebook group set up in support of a freelance photographer at risk of losing a rolling contract with a weekly newspaper has attracted more than 5,000 members in a day.
Andrew Carpenter has taken pictures on a freelance basis for the Harborough and Lutterworth Mail for more than 20 years but has now been told that the Johnston Press-owned title may not renew his contract.
The Facebook group was set up on Sunday under the name ‘Re-instate Andrew Carpenter’ and has attracted comments from many of the newspaper’s readers who have offered their support with some suggesting boycotting the paper.
Others have sent angry emails to Johnston Press’s head office in Edinburgh.
One commenter, Owen Wright, wrote: “Not just a great snapper but better informed than most reporters, an honour to work with.”
The group was set up by Bill Piper on Sunday and by Monday lunchtime had already attracted 5,352 members.
However in a post on Monday Andrew stressed that no final decision had been made on whether his contract would be renewed and appealed for his supporters not to blame local managers for the situation.
“My Editor Brian Dodds warned me last week that we MAY STOP using you from May 18th 2012 but no final decision has been made.
“The decision has nothing to do with anyone local in the Harborough area but is coming down from on high. In fact the Harborough Mail team are completely supporting me and Brian is putting the case to the head office to keep me.”
Brian declined to comment when contacted by HTFP.