06:34PM, Tuesday 06 February 2018
The closure of local newspapers is ‘dangerous for our democracy', the Prime Minister has warned.
Speaking in Manchester today, Theresa May promised a review to try and arrest the decline of the press.
In particular, Mrs May seemed concerned with reform to business models which have seen a ‘hollowing out of local newsrooms and fears for the future sustainability of high-quality journalism’.
She said: “When trusted and credible news sources decline, we can become vulnerable to news which is untrustworthy.
“So to address this challenge to our public debate, we will launch a review to examine the sustainability of our national and local press.”
She added: “A free press is one of the foundations on which our democracy is built and it must be preserved.”
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