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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 10 2008
8 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 11, 2008 MB COUNCIL ELECTIONS Gag threat by council BURWOOD Council has threatened legal action in an attempt to gag the Inner-West Weekly's reporting of local elections. It has demanded that this newspaper not publish anything regarding Burwood Council which has a direct bearing on the outcome of the upcoming September local government elections without prior ap- proval of Burwood Council general man- ager Pat Romano or media officer Tommaso Briscese. A letter from Pitt Street-based lawyers Maddocks gave the Inner-West Weekly less than 24 hours to agree to its coverage of the election being submitted for approval by the council or the newspaper could face court action. The Inner-West Weekly has informed Maddocks it has no intention of complying with the demand. Editor in Chief Bob Osburn said: ''This action is an outrageous attempt to censor legitimate news coverage of local govern- ment elections. ''Media scrutiny of the issues is democ- racy at work. ''This council's ridiculous antics would deprive residents of robust coverage of the issues and deny voters vital information about contenders for Burwood Council. ''Candidates would have every right to suspect they would not get a fair run in the Inner-West Weekly. ''No respectable independent publication could even consider allowing its news reports to be vetted by un-elected council executives. ''If the council has issues with our coverage it only has to talk to our journal- ists.'' The letter to the Weekly complains of three recent factually incorrect and mis- leading articles but doesn't specify what the alleged inaccuracies are. Mayor reports phone menace Julie and John Faker with their daughter Taylor at home. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP189146 SHIREEN KHALIL BURWOOD Mayor John Faker and his wife say they have been the target of threatening phone calls which were made to their Croydon house late on Sunday night. About 10.40pm when the mayor's three children were asleep the couple received two phone calls from unknown people who said ''we're watching you'' and ''we're locked in the car''. The mayor's wife Julia picked up the first phone call. She told the Inner-West Weekly she was petrified as it got very personal. ''Because the kids were asleep I had to whisper so they kept asking me why I was whispering and they started to whisper my name in a low voice,'' Mrs Faker said. ''Then they went on to say they were locked in the car and I didn't know what they meant by this so I just hung up,'' she said. Mrs Faker also said the local government election campaign had turned dirty and no family should have to go through such an ordeal. The phone call lasted for about three minutes and was followed minutes later by another call which was answered by Cr Faker. ''The second time they called I asked them 'who is this?' and they began repeating what they said to my wife about being locked in the car,'' the mayor said. After he advised them his phone calls were monitored by police the callers began making sobbing noises. ''They pretended they were crying and said 'we're watching you, bye Mr Faker' in an intimidating voice and hung up,'' he said. Despite the calls, Cr Faker said he was more determined to continue with his campaign and advises people if they have a problem with him, they should not involve his family. ''If people have an issue with me or my campaign they should talk to me about it and not stoop to the level of attacking my family and my wife,'' he said. ''If they think they can stop me from serving the community then they are wrong. ''It's one thing to have a go at me but to do it to my family is outright disgusting.'' Immediately after the second call the mayor reported the matter to Burwood police. special buys from thursday 11 sep produce prices effective 09/09/08 to 15/09/08 weekly news smarter shopping aldi.com.au OPENING HOURS: See your local store or www.aldi.com.au for details. Prices are correct at time of printing and are subject to change. Produce prices valid from 09/09/08 to 15/09/08. All offers while stocks last. In the event of unexpected high demand, ALDI Stores reserves the right to limit purchases to reasonable retail quantities. ALDM3310/W37/8/A Strawberries 250g 40c per 100g Avocadoes each 69c per unit Carrots 1kg 69c per kg Grape Tomatoes 200g 50c per 100g Motorcycle Boots • Water-resistant leather upper • Coolmax lining • 3M reflectors • Shin bone and ankle protectors • Profiled soles • Enhanced comfort and pedal grip • Sizes available: 8-12 Portable Generator 2200W • 6.5HP, air-cooled 4-stroke engine • Automatic voltage regulator • 2 x 240V sockets • 12V DC socket • Fuel tank 15L 1year warranty 42 kg 99c $69 $349 69c 69c 99c
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