Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is showing her support for Local Newspaper Week by tabling a motion in the Scottish Parliament, and by hosting, in conjunction with the Scottish Newspaper Publishers Association, a reception in the parliament.
The parliamentary event takes place in the Garden Lobby from 6-8pm on Wednesday 7 May.
The motion which has already gathered support from 22 MSPs, names the Falkirk Herald, the Grangemouth Advertiser and the Bo’ness Journal as examples of newspapers that play a central role in their communities, and congratulates the Falkirk Herald on receiving the Weekly Newspaper of the Year award.
Cathy said that “local newspapers are very important to politicians, not only as a means of communicating with constituents, but also for the role they play in stimulating political debate and supporting and promoting community life. Local Newspaper Week is an opportunity to highlight this within the parliament and in my constituency.”
Cathy also maintains a regular keen interest in the press as Convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Culture and Media.
The motion, S3M-01823, states “that the Parliament notes that 5 to 11 May 2008 is Local Newspaper Week, which this year has the theme of Campaigning for Your Community, showcasing and exploring the campaigning work undertaken by local newspapers across the country; notes that 84% of adults read a local paper, and that local newspapers and their websites are a highly trusted source of news; believes that local newspapers such as the best-selling Falkirk Herald, the Grangemouth Advertiser and the Bo’ness Journal are important focal points for their communities, providing a forum for debate on local issues and information and feedback about local events; congratulates the Falkirk Herald on being named Weekly Newspaper of the Year at the 29th Press Awards, organised by the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society; notes that local newspapers, through their editorial content and advertising, play an important role in the local economy; believes that local newspapers are an essential component of local democracy, facilitating the dialogue between elected representatives and their constituents, and applauds the hard work of newspaper staff whose dedication underpins the success of the local newspaper industry.