Blacklisting Fear by Former Herald Stalwart

Five tickets acquired at the eleventh hour meant that former Scottish political editor of The Herald, Murray Ritchie, was able to watch his beloved Queen of the South football team run out more than creditable runners-up in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final.

He was able to watch the game with his family, in among 15,000 ‘Doonhamers’, and would have happily shared his joy with Herald readers…… had a previous article about the club not been, er, spiked.

For Murray – at the paper for over 30 years, including as European editor – submitted a piece ahead of Queen’s semi-final appearance, last month.

But it was rejected. A perplexed Murray told “I fear I may have been blacklisted, and I fear it’s because I have criticised its owners. I have never criticised the paper, and feel that a criticism of the owners is a support for the paper. The sports desk said they liked it and then came back to say they were unable to use it. It’s a mystery. If I have been blacklisted by [owners] Newsquest, then I am quite proud.”

The article was then submitted to The Scotsman, which happily published it.

Read a piece by Murray Ritchie, written last year – ‘Why We Should Support the Petition from The Herald’s Journalists’ – here.

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