Poll: Is the tabloid press bullying charities into silence?

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Nine out of 10 charity workers fear campaigning by the voluntary sector is under threat
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9th December 2016 by Paul Cardwell 1 Comment

Is the tabloid press bullying charities into silence?

Poll results (total votes: 66)

Is the tabloid press bullying charities into silence?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
36
Ratio:
54.55%
Answer:
No
Votes:
30
Ratio:
45.45%

At one point this year it seemed charities couldn’t do anything right, according to some elements of the media.

From doorstep fundraising to lobbying and everything in between, charities were getting it in the neck, particularly from the right wing tabloids.

The result has seen changes in regulation and some charities redefine their fundraising techniques. But has it meant some are now scared to campaign?

A survey out this week found that 90% of charity workers feel that the campaigning by the voluntary sector is under threat.

And, the blame was laid firmly at the feet of the media with 65% of those asked saying negative media coverage was making people think twice before launching a campaign.  

Researchers for the Sheila McKechnie Foundation (SMK) found that 53% of charity workers felt senior managers and trustees had become more cautious about campaigning while a similar amount said that campaigning had become seen as too risky.

This week we are asking: Is the tabloid press bullying charities into silence?

Vote below and leave a comment below.

Comments

13th December 2016 by Christina

"At one point this year it seemed like charities couldn't do anything right, according to some elements of the media"...like the TFN...? Amazing lack of self awareness (and vocabulary as I don't think 'elements of the media' is particularly well phrased).