Aylesbury Vale District Council has banned its cabinet members and officers from talking to the Bucks Herald amid claims that the title does not print enough positive stories about it.
Instead the authority has told the Johnston Press owned paper and its sister paper the Bucks Advertiser it will only communicate with them through written statements approved by communications staff.
My comment: Bullying a local paper into printing more council propaganda is not the right approach. In addition a council has no right to gag an elected representative and stop them talking to the press. This is an affront to democracy.
When they tried this tactic in Stoke on Trent the members refused, let's hope Aylesbury Vale District Councillors have enough backbone to defend democracy and their right to talk to the press on any issue that concerns their constituents.
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