While he has been leading the attack on the government over phone-hacking, Labour leader Ed Milliband has been accused of ignoring another media crisis in his own backyard.
In a blog post, National Union of Journalists representative for the north of England Lawrence Shaw suggested that Mr Milliband was too busy attacking the Murdoch empire to show support for striking journalists in his Doncaster North constituency.
Other Labour MPs have supported the strike – including Shadow Health Secretary John Healey who represents the neighbouring constituency – but Mr Miilband has so far failed to reply to messages from the union.
Wrote Mr Shaw: “These are cuts that will see the already tiny editorial team cut by a half and the paper ultimately edited from Doncaster some ten miles down the road.
“And they are cuts that have led to the NUJ within the wider South Yorkshire Newspapers group taking the astonishing step of all-out indefinite strike action.”
“If JP and the other regional newspaper companies continue down this road, there is no question about it – local papers like the South Yorkshire Times will simply close.
“If Ed really cared about sorting out the media in the UK, he would address more than just Murdoch’s empires and the national papers.”
The striking journalists today produced bootleg copies of their papers carrying news about the stoppage.
Journalists at the Free Press, South Yorkshire Times and Selby Times say they have made the move because they do not want their readers and communities to miss out on the real news while they are taking industrial action.
The first issues this week focus on news about strike but the next week’s newspapers will bring the important news from the streets of all three towns.
Mr Shaw added: “These hard working journalists want to bring people in their communities the truth. We wish Johnston Press, whose slogan is ‘Life is Local’, shared the same commitment.”
Johnston Press has declined to comment on the move.