The Society of Editors conference was opened by the Secretary of State for Wales, Paul Murphy, who paid tribute to the roles of the newspapers edited by president NeilFowler and vice-president Ed Curran.
He said that the commitment of Fowler’s Western Mail to devolution hadhelped to drive through the changes that had been beneficial for Wales.
And he said the support of Curran’s Belfast Telegraph had been vital inestablishing the peace process in Northern Ireland.
But it wasn’t just the big papers that influenced the public. Weeklies toohad helped people to understand the issues that led to the setting up of aWelsh Assembly.
Politicians and journalists were often seen at loggerheads but they just asoften worked effectively together to ensure democracy was well served.
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