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SALFORD STAR TWO THOUSAND ONLINE ARTICLES
 

Star date: 21st October 2013

WELCOME TO 2,000 ONLINE SALFORD STAR ARTICLES

Today sees two thousand online articles on the Salford Star website, dating back to January 2009. Since those early pre-Twitter, barely post-Facebook days, the Star readership has grown from around 4,000 per month to 32,000 readers last month.

When the Salford Star first appeared online, there was a campaign to get the magazine back into print. That campaign is still ongoing.  

Full details here…

                                   

Private Eye Cover on Press Regulation Private Eye Rotten Boroughs starring Ian Stewart Nineteen Eighty-Four
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"Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. If that is granted all else follows…"

George Orwell's novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, begins with the clocks striking thirteen. Something wasn't right…

Welcome to October 2013, and the clocks are going backwards. Back to the days when a free independent press was almost impossible. Back to the days when Engels described Salford as a `workers' camp', where people toiled all the hours god sent, for shocking wages and crap housing. Where autocratic rulers slapped down any dissenting voices…

The Salford Star first appeared online in 2009, forced out of print by advertisers scared to be associated with a publication that dared to challenge, question and hold to account public authorities that had the financial muscle in the city.

Early online articles included showing up the hypocrisy of the then Government Communities Minister and Salford MP Hazel Blears, and her `Communities In Control' policy, urging that "a strong independent media is a vital part of any democracy" (see here).

This was back in the days when a certain Ian Stewart, then Eccles MP, was banging on in the House of Commons about the joys of community media "serving some of the most disadvantaged groups in our society…It provides a voice for many people who are disengaged and excluded from traditional media… They…act as a platform for arts innovation, for community debate, and for communication with local and national government, thereby increasing social cohesion and community involvement in the democratic process and in citizenship." (see here)

How far have we come in those four years? On a local level, in Salford, the Star has been subject to constant ludicrous outpourings by the now City Mayor, Ian Stewart and his Assistant Mayors – the latest of which made the Rotten Boroughs column of Private Eye (see photo).

The Star is now treated officially by Salford Council as akin to Al Qaedawe get no press releases and no responses for quotes or interviews, while Mayor Ian Stewart loves to call us, and anyone else who dares to challenge his policies, `extremists' (see here).

It got to the point earlier this year where the Salford Star actually went on strike in protest against illegal withholding of financial and Freedom of Information material (see here); while we tried to drag Assistant Mayor for Housing and Environment Gena Merrett to a Council standards panel for her very public slurs – only for it to be rejected by Ben Dolan, head officer for Environment, who was effectively ruling on his boss! (see here)

Despite all this, the Salford Star has constantly broken exclusive stories, well ahead of the national and local media.

And despite all the bile and spin coming from the political centre of Salford Council, we're sure the Mayor would like to know just how many Labour councillors and Council officers actually tell us what a good job we're doing, even if they don't always agree with our conclusions. It's about some kind of accountability. It's about democracy. It's about things that have very quickly been forgotten as power and money warps the moral compass.

Meanwhile, on a national level, the Tory-led ConDem Government is in the process of forcing through Parliament a `Gagging Law' (see here), and some shocking press regulation, which will also usher in the taming of independent voices and community media.

The Salford Star is getting squeezed locally and nationally and keeping the publication going has been bloody hard but well worth it, thanks to constant support from the community. Only last week, a desperately needed new computer was donated to the Star. And, not a month goes by without a small donation appearing from somewhere. We're at the point now where the print magazine can almost be published again. In the meantime, there's 2,000 articles on here and many more to come…

`Does Big Brother exist?
`Of course he exists…'
`Does he exist in the same way as I exist?'
`You do not exist…'

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* Please note that the Salford Star fundraising night previously advertised here has been cancelled for various reasons. Hopefully there will be something else very soon.

Ken Mckelvey wrote
at 05:57:53 on 30 October 2013
Paul is quite correct with his assumption of the Councils motives as to the future of Weaste Running down Weaste village in Exactly the same way as they destroyed other areas of Salford. No Cleaning/ fill the area with all their problem ppl /no poIice etc / I. personally photograph some of the Horrendous problems with the council's cleaning of the place. Took them to Concillors Conners and Hazels Blears Office and the Cleansing dept, They Cleaned the place up that was Three yrs ago not been back since, Every time we have to get a petition to get the Cleansing to give it a clean the place is filthy The Council in tow with the landlords of the Multi Occupied Property's Who are helping to turn Weaste Village into a new inner City Dump,The majority of tenants on Weaste Lane Pay full Council Tax which equates at 23£s per week for that we get the bin emptied Their is mountains of litter and Dog SHIT. Illegal dumping everywhere We also have three Councillors who do absolutely nothing about our plight They are Labour taking over 30K A Yr out of our Coffers.
 
Ken Mckelvey wrote
at 05:56:03 on 30 October 2013
Paul is quite correct with his assumption of the Councils motives as to the future of Weaste Running down Weaste village in Exactly the same way as they destroyed other areas of Salford. No Cleaning/ fill the area with all their problem ppl /no poIice etc / I. personally photograph some of the Horrendous problems with the council's cleaning of the place. Took them to Concillors Conners and Hazels Blears Office and the Cleansing dept, They Cleaned the place up that was Three yrs ago not been back since, Every time we have to get a petition to get the Cleansing to give it a clean the place is filthy The Council in tow with the landlords of the Multi Occupied Property's Who are helping to turn Weaste Village into a new inner City Dump,The majority of tenants on Weaste Lane Pay full Council Tax which equates at 23£s per week for that we get the bin emptied Their is mountains of litter and Dog SHIT. Illegal dumping everywhere We also have three Councillors who do absolutely nothing about our plight They are Labour taking over 30K A Yr out of our Coffers.
 
Joan Higgin wrote
at 18:05:02 on 29 October 2013
The Salford Star The only news worth reading,even though i am frustrated at the lack of insperation of this council , The Salford Star makes me happy to know there are so many people willing to question and put pressure on them. So sorry the Nick's campaign for the iconic dock structures at the Quay , didn't stop the idiots , it will go down in history ,that he and the Salford Star did all they could. Joan Higgin
 
Paul wrote
at 18:51:49 on 23 October 2013
@Matt Simpson. Been saying this for the last 10 + years, labour has started what it did in langworthy to the tootal drive area which is, labour started to move all the dregs including drug dealers in to the area, to run the area down so the decent people move out, then eventually put a compulsory purchase order on the property in the area, and then they will sell to a property developer who happens to have this council in it's back pocket, tried to tell this to people, but they have got their head in the sand, just like the people of langworthy, kersal, broughton did at the time, but did not wake up to the fact, till it was to late. as the saying go's, you can lead a horse to water, but you can't make it drink it. Ps I also tried to have conversation with Steven hesling, and you can understand why labour preferred him, rather the the cabbage, may have had problems with the cabbage when it came to voting on labour lines. Again new nothing about the area or it's problems and he has had no real exspeariance of real life out side of his political bubble he has lived in.
 
Brendan wrote
at 03:32:47 on 23 October 2013
Congratulations to the star for bringing the people of Salford a wide range of issues affecting the community, in a world where the press is owned by a few, it is refreshing to see the star speak out for the people on the other side of the fence. Does big brother exist? to some degree but i believe we create our own prisons.
 
Matt Simpson wrote
at 03:32:13 on 23 October 2013
On the theme I asked new Labour Councillor Stephen Hesling about his Orwellian election leaflet (lamenting the loss of Tootal Drive and the Willows when his party knocked them down) and he looked like he had no idea who George Orwell was. But hey, he's all for regeneration so Weaste and Seedley be afraid as that word tend to lead to bulldozers.
 
Paul wrote
at 21:26:59 on 22 October 2013
Amazing, ed millipede and labour helps to try and destroy the free press to appease a "Z" list British actor with a chip on his shoulder, because he got caught getting a bl*w job off some American prostitute, suppose it keeps his name in the papers,as his acting and crap films don't ps read 38 degrees article, no mention of labours instrumental part in this gagging of the free press, if we're going to have this argument, which I can only call dictatorship by the back door, then lets bring all the culprits in to the room, who are for this dictatorship law ie ed millipede. This new law will only protect the powerful, the wealthy, politicians, tv and sport stars, a free press is vital to the less well off to access justice and to keep the above in fear of one day being made accountable for their action's in the future.
 
Steven North wrote
at 10:28:45 on 22 October 2013
Comgratulations on getting to 2000 stories without diluting your push for truth for the people of Salford!
 
Paul wrote
at 10:28:41 on 22 October 2013
"Meanwhile, on a national level, the Tory-led ConDem Government is in the process of forcing through Parliament a `Gagging Law' (see here), and some shocking press regulation, which will also usher in the taming of independent voices and community media". This gagging order you talk about was forced on the coalition government by ed millipede and labour which they made up during a late night love in with the hacked off group for which no one from the press was invited, so rather than blame the coalition, blame the real culprits ed millipede and labour
 
do they care wrote
at 18:34:04 on 21 October 2013
keep up all the good work, heres to another 2000 stories that keep our Councillors awake at night
 
bob wrote
at 16:40:32 on 21 October 2013
congrats, despite all salford councils attempts to hide the truth, it's good to know the salford star is hard working on behalf or us all in salford. Well Done
 
Michael Felse wrote
at 11:05:15 on 21 October 2013
I see 32,000 families rather than readers. With one computer in our average Salford home this makes the readership 83,000 citizens (using a Gov equation of 2.6 people per family). Add us talking to neighbours and we see the readership exceeding 100,000 a month. I think it is time Salford Council made friends with Salford Star. Congratulation on a Star achievement.
 
debbie wrote
at 11:05:09 on 21 October 2013
See you there
 
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