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Scottish newspaper The National blanks Theresa May

By on Thursday, November 29, 2018

Independent Scottish newspaper The National has blanked any mention of Theresa May in today’s issue.

The publication’s bold stance is in response to their reporter being denied entry to the Prime Minister’s press conference.

The front page sports a silhouetted Theresa May with the words;

This is where we would have reported on Theresa May’s visit to Scotland. 

We were not allowed into her press event with the other newspapers

We have refused to cover it.

Now that’s what you call, fighting fire with fire!

Inside the newspaper the headline reads: “Theresa May visits Scotland. We have refused to cover the PM’s trip”, alongside a blank story template including the byline “not by Andrew Learmonth”, its political reporter.

The No 10 press office reportedly told The National “limited capacity” meant they could not attend May’s meeting in Bridge of Weir.

Editor Callum Baird, claimed his title was “presumably” left out because she does not agree with its editorial line on Scottish independence – it supported the Yes campaign in the 2014 vote.

Speaking about the reaction to the front page since it was first published online last night, Baird said: “We were seeing people from all over the world tweeting it and journalism teachers from everywhere tweeting it which is fantastic, it’s a great reaction.

“But I think it just proves how significant an issue this is that the prime minister of a country is excluding a paper, presumably because she doesn’t agree with its editorial line.”

Freedom of speech at it’s finest.

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