Caernarfon rallies to save local newspaper office
local community representatives support the campaign - © Alan Dop
public rally to save local newspaper office - © Alan Dop
Local NUJ reps rally to support members - © Alan Dop
13 April 2015
More than 100 people gathered at Turf Square, Caernarfon, at 1pm on Saturday to protest against Trinity Mirror's proposal to close its Caernarfon office.
The crowd included NUJ members, former journalists including two former editors of the Caernarfon and Denbigh Herald, community leaders and members of the public.
Speakers at the rally included Gwynedd council leader Dyfed Edwards and Plaid Cymru and Labour general election candidates Hywel Williams and Alun Pugh who joined together to make a bipartisan statement in support of the NUJ campaign.
Cllr Dyfed Edwards, Plaid Cymru leader of Gwynedd Council, said:
"Journalism is the cornerstone of local democracy. I may not agree with every word written in the Daily Post or Herald but I will defend their right to print it."
Adam Christie, NUJ joint-president, said:
"Journalism transcends politics. That's how important this is. Colleagues in Yorkshire know only too well the damage that can be caused when regional companies make cuts, especially closing offices at the heart of communities."
Paul Scott, NUJ NEC member for Wales, said:
"If that office is too big; if that office is too expensive; if Trinity Mirror don't want to tie themselves to a long lease, there are plenty of other units in town and the NUJ will help them find one."
The NUJ has already gathered more than 300 signatures on online and paper petitions against the closure.
Things you can do to help:
- Write to local politicians in Wales and ask them to support the campaign and contact Trinity Mirror
- Use social media including Twitter and Facebook to send messages of support, giving reasons why Trinity Mirror should not close the office, use the twitter hashtag #localNUJ
- Write to Trinity Mirror and ask them not to close the local newspaper office
- Send the NUJ a quote to say why you want your local papers to stay local. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Coverage of the rally -
Caernarfon newspaper office closure protest by journalists' union - BBC News
The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) held a rally yesterday against Trinity Mirror’s plans to shut down their Caernarfon office - Wales Express