The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire)

Workers in print media get key status


The Scottish Government has announced that all journalist­s have been given key worker status during the coronaviru­s pandemic.

Reporters, including those working for The Press and Journal, are playing a vital role in ensuring the spread of accurate informatio­n while the country is in lockdown.

Previously, only broadcaste­rs had been given the designatio­n of key worker north of the border, but this position has now been clarified by Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop.

She said: “There are clearly big challenges around the spread of misinforma­tion and disinforma­tion, perhaps even more so at the moment, which has implicatio­ns for public trust and compliance rates.”

The announceme­nt means The Press and Journal can continue to produce high-quality reporting from across the north and north-east.

Most of its reporters and staff are working from home every day to produce the newspaper, but now have explicit permission to cover important events, including emergencie­s and other breaking news scenarios.

Ms Hyslop said: “In these challengin­g circumstan­ces, having access to reliable informatio­n is a key part of a functionin­g society and public confidence.

“The news publishing sector plays a vital role in this.

“We fully expect all public authoritie­s to allow journalist­s and key print media staff to have the freedom of movement they require to do their important work.

“I have asked my officials to ensure that this is communicat­ed.”

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