As reported on HTFP last month, the Teesside Gazette announced a self-imposed ban on interviews with Middlesbrough FC manager Garry Monk after the club tried to dictate which journalists were allowed to speak to him.
The club informed sports reporter Dominic Shaw, left, that he was not welcome to carry out the interrview and invited a colleague of his to conduct it instead.
The Gazette then took a stand by declining to publish the resulting story.
Now the newspaper has announced it will not take up press passes at Middlesbrough home games after Dominic was denied media accreditation for a friendly game against German club FC Augsburg on Saturday.
Once again, the Gazette declined an invitation for another unnamed reporter who was given permission to cover the game from the club’s press facilities.
A statement on the Gazette’s website reads: “The club has now made it clear Shaw and [fellow sports writer] Jonathon Taylor are effectively denied media access to home first team and under-23 fixtures, along with press conferences at Rockliffe Park.
“Both have been prevented from interviewing Garry Monk after pre-season friendlies. On each occasion other Gazette staff have been welcome to speak to the manager.
“No proper explanation has been provided for the restrictions placed on Shaw and Taylor. It is with deep regret that The Gazette is in this position. But as it stands we will not interview the manager and players or take up press passes for our writers for home games.
“We hope the matter can be resolved as soon as possible and will continue to provide news, comment and analysis on the club in the meantime. We wish the club every success in the coming season.”
The initial interview ban came two days after the Gazette welcomed a statement on Middlesbrough’s website pledging to be “transparent” after the club accused the paper of spreading “misinformation” over its reporting of two transfers.
However, the Gazette has denied the two incidents are linked.