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COMMENT: 'We are proud about the bond of trust with our readers that has been built up over decades'

25 November, 2021

In February, the Camden New Journal will be 40 years old

IS this the real life, or is this just fantasy?

The chorus from Queen’s 1975 hit Bohemian Rhapsody has come to define our bewildered era where so many people, locked in internet realms or glued to social media, each day question the blurred boundaries between fact and fiction.

Fake news, online scams, sock puppet accounts and news algorithms – that tell us what we want to hear – have all nurtured an existential crisis in which conspiracy theories take root and alter-egos blossom.

This is the context of the expose on the fake twitter account set up and maintained for many years by Lazzaro Pietragnoli.

Thanks to our investigation, which led to the councillor’s resignation this week, a small piece of cyberspace is a little less muddied than it was before.

Each week, we try our best to cut through the delusions and deceptions to present the truth in a clear, credible and engaging way.

Throughout the Covid pandemic we have taken a firm stance on the importance of the vaccine. We have tried to be informative and to report on facts so that people can come to their own conclusions.

Last week’s Camden New Journal, devoted to articles written by women, was a landmark edition that sent out a powerful message.

The paper has always been a safe space for debate and a forum for readers’ voices.

This week a woman has used our pages to communicate with such power and eloquence the truth of her unimaginable ordeal.

It cannot be overstated how brave she has been in coming forward and we demand that her message about funding and access to services is acted upon with the utmost urgency by her peers in the Town Hall.

We are proud about the bond of trust with our readers that has been built up over decades.

In February, the New Journal will be 40 years old. The paper has come a long way since it was set up in 1982, following a strike by journalists on the old Camden Journal.

It broke the mould back then by providing a quality properly-staffed and independent weekly read, free at the point of use for everyone in Camden.

But the rise of the internet and websites like Facebook and Instagram, which have secured a stranglehold on advertising, is threatening the future of organisations that do news properly.

We hope you will continue to pick up a copy of the paper each week and support us as we celebrate our 40th anniversary.

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