After last month’s RMF exposé on the double-standards of the Crawley News, it seems that the paper has taken some action.
Firstly, after Skuds linked to the article here, he received an email which seemed to suggest that it was the News’ duty to publish the story because otherwise they’d be accused of burying it to placate advertisers. Personally, I’d think it a better idea to refuse the advertising to avoid accusations of hypocrisy, but hey?
Now, after becoming an avid reader of the back pages of the News’ classifieds, section, I’ve noticed this disclaimer appearing above the ‘Adult’ ads this week:
Notice to Readers
East Surrey and Sussex Newspapers advise readers that the content of the advertisements in this section relate to products and services of an adult nature. We accept these for publication in accordance with guidelines issued by the Newspaper Society and the Advertising Standards Authority, together with our own policies and procedures. If you have any concerns or comments about the nature of the material in this section, or complaints about specific advertisements, please contact Jo Mockford
Well. That’s us told! The adverts have also changed slightly, perhaps because they’ve been rejected or simply that the payment for them has ceased. Certainly the one for ‘The Honeypot’ has gone. The one looking for ‘Glamorous ladies’ has also gone.
But the kicker is this: Scattered throughout the classifieds are little boxes which advertise the – News classifieds itself, either in general terms or for specific services. Most are for recruitment. And the little box in the ‘Adult’ section is no different. ‘Do you have difficulty finding staff? Call our dedicated Recruitment Team’.
Now why would they put that in the section dedicated to Adult Chat lines, Escort Agencies or ‘Massage’ services?