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The Queen praises work of trusted local media during coronavirus crisis

Posted onPosted on 5th Oct

The Queen has highlighted the importance of trusted news during the coronavirus crisis.

In a message of support to the newspaper industry to mark the start of the News Media Association’s (NMA) annual Journalism Matters week (5-11 October), Her Majesty said: “The Covid-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated what an important public service the established news media provides, both nationally and regionally.

“As our world has changed dramatically, having trusted, reliable sources of information, particularly at a time when there are so many sources competing for our attention, is vital.”

“The efforts of the news media to support communities throughout the United Kingdom during the pandemic have been invaluable – whether through fundraising, encouraging volunteering, or providing a lifeline for the elderly and vulnerable to the outside world.

“On the occasion of the 2020 Journalism Matters Week, I am pleased to send my best wishes to the members of the News Media Association.

“As you reflect on your achievements this year, and the challenges you have faced, I send my warm wishes to you all for a most successful and memorable week.”

Her message came as Henry Faure Walker, chairman of NMA, warned that many news brands at a local level are in a perilous position.

He said:”We now urgently need Government to intervene with a series of targeted initiatives to help sustain local independent journalism in this country.”