Editor's comment: In era of fake news you can trust Recorder

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 May 2017


This week is local newspaper week

At the beginning of the month in this column I quoted a letter from a grateful reader thanking us for highlighting the problem of drug dealers at Ilford station.

The author said that businesses in the area had been scared to speak out and the article “changed our lives and helped many other businesses along the road”.

It’s an example of how local newspapers can, and do, help their communities.

This week is Local Newspaper Week, the industry’s annual initiative to promote the power of local press.

In an era of fake news, it is important for people to know where they can go for the truth.

Rumours and lies proliferate on social media and it can be difficult to sort the fact from the fiction.

At the Recorder we do everything we can to get both sides of a story and to confirm the facts before going to print or putting a story online.

And when an issue matters to our readers, it matters to us.

This week we have again been trying to pin down the health secretary on the future of King George A&E.

Last week we told you that the robbers who had been terrifying minicab drivers around the borough had finally been jailed – almost two years after we first revealed that cabbies were living in fear.

We are also giving you the chance to ask the borough’s election candidates the questions that are important to you when the Recorder holds its own hustings which will be broacast on Facebook Live. Send your questions

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