The Muddy Water 3 blog continues with Ken Edward's latest letter to Gulf News that the editor has refused to print.
First Ken's preamble to me.
I believe my letter was a reasonable request on a matter of public interest. The fact that my first letter was kindly published by you is immaterial.I can only conclude that parts of the media on this island are consistantly selective in what they choose to publish. In plain English this is called 'bias' and is unacceptable in any society aspiring to enjoy freedom of the press. The editor of the paper has not been in contact to elaborate .....(on why she has refused to print my letter)
I see my letter of 19th January on the above topic failed to make the cut in the ensuing two weeks so one assumes it has ended up in file 13.
The question of radiation dangers from cellphone towers was a major issue covered by The Gulf News in 2008. The publicity reflected badly on the Bowling Club at Surfdale and on me as manager. By my estimate, Diana Worthy as lead writer, Ms Honeychurch and various acolytes were given at least a 3-1 coverage advantage in support of the campaign against a 1.8m aerial on the club roof. These articles and a bombardment of letters had a noticeable effect on public opinion.
Hence my letter of 19th January was a simple request for statements made at the time as 'fact', to be reviewed following the passage of over 5 years. I am firmly of the opinion that with the number of cellphones exceeding 6 billion, this is a matter of wide public interest that should be re-visited. In particular, how accurate were the claims made in The Gulf News in 2008-2009?
Both of your newspapers I see are members of the New Zealand Community Newspapers Association and as such are bound by the principles of the Press Association. As the issue is surely one of major public interest would you please review your decision not to publish the 19th January letter.
Yours Sincerely Ken Edwards