The Chartered Institute of Journalists has welcomed the government’s decision to take action against town hall ‘pravdas’ which are flouting legal guidelines on publication frequency.
As reported on HTFP earlier this month Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has given several councils which print on a more than quarterly basis.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich, which publishes its Greenwich Time newsletter on a weekly basis, has been given until the end of March to cease printing at that frequency or face possible court action.
The authorities at Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest, each of which prints a fortnightly title, have been given until the end of April to comply with the same order.
Cleland Thom, vice chair of the CIoJ’s professional practices board, pictured above left, said: “We are really pleased that the government is prosecuting the London Borough of Greenwich for flouting the law.
“Council newspapers like this harm local newspapers, causing closures and redundancies and damage local democracy.
“They are also a waste of council tax payers’ money at a time of huge cuts in local government spending.”