The Guardian newspaper has reported that “there is a little bit of a sense of déjà vu” in the UK media industry after “two decades of relentless consolidation”.
The article is based on a series of tweets from British journalist and author Jo Cox, who was murdered on Friday after she wrote a column for the newspaper.
It quoted Cox’s father-in-law as saying that the “corporate takeover” of the newspaper industry was beginning to “take its toll”.
The Telegraph, the Mail and the Sunday Times have all published editorials on the news of the past two weeks, but The Guardian has remained relatively silent.
On Twitter, some commentators have questioned the newspaper’s role in the wider media industry, arguing that the publication is “the only bastion of free speech” and should be left to operate “as it sees fit”.
The Guardian has previously stated that it is “a national newspaper” that “is neither a government nor a company” and is not “owned or controlled by any particular company”.
The paper is a “bible of the British media”, with its editorial team being made up of “independent and independent-minded journalists, journalists who have no interest in political affiliation, journalists with whom we share a strong understanding of our shared interests”.
It has said that “the Guardian’s editorial team is entirely self-funded, the majority of whom are paid staff”, and that its editorial staff “is free to express themselves and write whatever they want”.
But it also has an editorial board, which has been “in place since 1884” and has a “broad spectrum of editorial and political views”.
The editor-in a statement published by the paper said: “The editorial team’s broad-ranging views and commitment to freedom of expression are reflected in our editorial decisions and in our coverage of major news events.”
“The Guardian does not seek to limit the rights of others and does not take positions on any political or social issue.”
The Guardian also said that its “editorial board is comprised of a range of diverse, independent, and well-respected journalists and editors who have not been influenced by any political party or political party’s interests”.
But The Telegraph, Mail and Sunday Times had published editorial boards in the past few weeks, and they had been more liberal than the Guardian’s.
The Telegraph had published an editorial on the death of Cox, which said “it’s a sad day for the news media in Britain” and “it must end”.
The Mail had published a “memorial to Jo Cox”, which said that Cox’s “principles” and dedication to the profession had “brought her to this”.
And the Sunday Telegraph had posted an editorial that “we mourn Jo Cox’s loss”.
It said that the paper had been “a strong voice for the rights” of “marginalised people and women”, and was “a vital part of our daily lives”.
“We are grateful to all those who have contributed to this powerful debate about how we can live better lives,” the paper added.
“We have been a champion of free expression for nearly two decades.”