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Herald condemned for pulling column

1 February 2016

The NUJ has robustly defended a journalist at the Sunday Herald, whose column has been terminated because of pressure by Rangers football club.

The union has written to the editor condemning the pulling of columns of Angela Haggerty and Graham Spiers following intervention by the football club.

Dominic Bascombe, assistant organiser NUJ Scotland, said:

"The NUJ has already defended Angela over the bullying and harassment she has suffered for doing her job. The  axing of her column sends a message that The Herald is unwilling to stand up for its contributors and is willing to sacrifice journalists when commercial interests are involved. This is totally unacceptable."

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:
"It is outrageous that commercial meddling has led the Herald to sack a respected columnist. This pandering to the mob does the freedom of journalism and the reputation of the Herald no favours. We call on the editor to reinstate these columnists at once."

Tags: , sunday herald, rangers, angela haggerty, national newspapers, scotland