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Support your local papers and media says MSP

By Alison Cameron

Edward Mountain, Conservative MSP, is encouraging everyone to support their local media during the current crisis.

He says: "These are extraordinary times and we need to be very careful to ensure that we protect all that we hold dear. Family and friends are rightly locking down and ensuring that they don’t expose themselves to any undue risk. There is little doubt that as this pandemic develops it is going to get harder and we are going to have to discipline ourselves to follow the advice we are given by the UK and Scottish Governments.

"And during these hard times there sadly are some businesses that are going to find it impossible to survive and others that will hold on, taking years to rebuild all that they have struggled to create. We all have a duty to try and support these businesses and do our best to ensure they can continue.

"Sadly most of this will have to wait until the pandemic is under control and businesses re-open their doors.

"But what is clear to me now is that to cope with the social isolation, that is sensibly being encouraged, is that we continue to get local community news which we know is based on responsible local reporting; this means we should be listening to local radio stations and also buying local papers.

"This is the very media that is under threat at this time because of the loss of advertising. We need to rally round our local media and show how much we need them. Contacting the local papers and buying them is an excellent start as is listening to radio stations and phoning in to their programmes.

"Let us all continue use our local news resources because if we don’t when they are gone it will be too late."

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