Swann condemns personal attack on Newsletter Political Editor by Ian Paisley MP
September 17, 2019
Ulster Unionist leader, Robin Swann MLA, has condemned the personal attack by Ian Paisley MP on the Newsletter`s Political Editor, Sam McBride. He also re-iterated the importance of a free press.
Robin Swann MLA said:
“The separation of press from state is one of the foundations of a true democracy. While many of those long held foundations are currently being challenged, I believe that is one that must not be eroded.
“Ian Paisley junior's personal attack on Sam McBride is extremely disappointing, but typical of Mr Paisley, in that it is a clear example of where he has played the man rather than the ball. For others to drag Sam’s parents into social media attacks is pathetic.
“More often than not I and my party have been on the receiving end of harsh criticism from the media but as long as it is factual and non-partisan, that is their right and their job. I may not like it or agree with it, but that is the cost of a free press, which we all should value.”