Peterborough ET Censor Legitimate Comment….

Peterborough Evening TelegraphFollowers of this Blog will know that the Peterborough Evening Telegreph have continually been shamed for refusing to publish any news articles or stories which paint Darragh MacAnthony as anything less than a saint.  On March 30th they did publish a story about him refusing to pay rent for his soccer stadium, although not particularly negative it sparked an online debate on their comments section of the website which ran to 3 pages.

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The story began when MacAnthony, apparently, refused to pay £500,000 rent for the soccer stadium owned by Peterborough Council where Peterborough United play.  This outburst was reported when Phil Adlam, the press officer for Posh, tweeted from the meeting: “Darragh has said he is not going to pay anymore rent on the stadium. feels it is too much. conversation ongoing with the council.”  However, the flow of comments rapidly moved to the speculations about why he was making this stand.  Some speculated that he was looking for a way out of the club and could blame the council for their intransigence connected to the stadium.  Others speculated he had run out of money and others commented that he was appearing in court in Spain so was about to ‘do a runner….’  Interestingly many of the comments were complaining their comments had already been removed.

However, by April 2nd all the comments had all been removed from their website and no further comments were allowed.  It looks like a retrospective restriction on the Freedom of speech?  A favoured tactic of MacAnthony: kill any negative comment by threatening everybody with legal action and putting out his own bias press releases.  Why did Peterborough Evening Times remove the comments?
Could this be just another reason MacAnthony is not worthy of being a Soccer Chairman?
Censorship of the press, by whatever means, is a direct breach of the freedom of expression and speech, it makes people wonder who owns their papers and who owns the news… Does MacAnthony own this paper or has he some unhealthy hold over them?   It also appears that  their editor has no stomach for real stories or the truth and probably has no real reason to be an editor in the media format: could it now be time to retire and tend his garden.  Or has he just been bought?

An eagle eyed MRISG member noticed this:

MacAnthony later Tweeted: Darragh MacAnthony ‏@DMAC102
I have lot of time for Swanny but Im not happy with his employers for that crap in paper today & way it was put across etc.Bang out of order“.

If only the paper would publish the whole truth about this man and his supposed support of their soccer club…..  The supporters would be chanting in the streets for him to resign as Chairman.

Maybe MacAnthony will try and have this blog shut down too, for telling the truth….  Oh he has been trying for 3 years and failed…

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