PM gives back­ing to lo­cal press cam­paign

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

PRIME Min­is­ter Theresa May has given her back­ing to the lo­cal press in­dus­try’s Fight­ing Fake News cam­paign.

The Prime Min­is­ter warned of the dan­gers of fake news dis­trib­uted on so­cial me­dia and gave her strong sup­port to a free press which un­der­pins democ­racy by in­vest­ing in highly trusted jour­nal­ism.

Mrs May said: ‘We need to be very wary of this con­cept of fake news. We have got a sit­u­a­tion with so­cial me­dia and dif­fer­ent out­lets where any­body can put some­thing on a so­cial me­dia site as if it’s real with­out any­body check­ing.

‘Peo­ple need to recog­nise that you can’t trust ev­ery­thing you see on so­cial me­dia. We know news­pa­pers have a re­spon­si­bil­ity that they take se­ri­ously in terms of what they are re­port­ing. A free press is very im­por­tant, it un­der­pins our democ­racy.

‘It’s also im­por­tant for [ politi­cians] to make sure the state­ments we make are up­front and trans­par­ent for peo­ple.’

The Prime Min­is­ter was speak­ing as the lo­cal press in­dus­try runs the Fight­ing Fake News cam­paign to high­light the im­por­tance of trusted lo­cal me­dia jour­nal­ism in the run up to the gen­eral elec­tion.

The cam­paign is co- or­di­nated by Lo­cal Me­dia Works, the lo­cal mar­ket­ing arm of the News Me­dia As­so­ci­a­tion, and comes in the run up to this Lo­cal News­pa­per Week which be­gan on May 15.

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