Sunday, 14 July 2013

Publishing misinformation!

I am fortunate that I made the decision not to read the Mail or the Express many years ago for the simple reason that their papers were full of misinformation but I still read some nationals and local papers.

One such paper I read is Wrecsam's Leader published 5 days a week. Last Friday the following letter was published by in the Leader, it is not known whether it was a editorial decision to publish erroneous  information or that they knew but just didn't care about misleading the public.



This was my response to JMH's letter:

Dear Editor,

Whilst JMH of Wrexham (Letters Leader July 12th) is quite entitled to express a view that a judgement of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is insane; it is then wrong and misleading to blame that decision on the European Union.

The two European institutions are totally different and unconnected.

The ECHR rules on the European Convention on Human Rights which was introduced in 1953 and is binding on all 47 member states of the Council of Europe.

The European Union on the other hand was formed as the EEC in 1957 as an economic union and which has 28 member states.

The success or otherwise of an in out referendum on Europe relies heavily on having an informed electorate, we can’t base our decisions on misleading letters such as this one, and the fact that it was published just shows that the local press, in line with the national press are not interested in publishing accurate information or having an informed public debate.

Regards,

Councillor Arfon Jones.
Gwersyllt West Ward.
Wrecsam CBC.

 

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