Manchester newspaper criticised for doorstepping grannies in Oxfam shop in response to “Haiti prostitutes scandal”
A slow handclap for the enterprising journalists at The Bolton News who took the Times story about aid workers sexually abusing locals in Haiti and doorstepped some grannies in their local Oxfam shop.
“You asked some baffled granny behind the counter in an Oxfam shop what they reckon about sex work in Haiti?”
You asked some baffled granny behind the counter in an Oxfam shop what they reckon about sex work in Haiti? pic.twitter.com/3dH5Vve2jy
— Sam Whyte (@SamWhyte) February 13, 2018
We had to check this was true and not a screengrab of a parody site but it checks out:
“STAFF at Oxfam’s Bolton shop remained tight-lipped yesterday, refusing to comment on the scandal engulfing the charity.
“One staff member at the shop in Blackburn Road said that they had been advised not to comment.”
The reaction on Twitter was largely mockery
Classic shit local news: first line tries and fails to tie an international incident to the area, then the rest of the piece just rehashes the international story.
— David Lewis (@davidclewis) February 13, 2018
I hit the same wall of silence when questioning my local newsagent about the Leveson Inquiry…
— Carolyn (@carolynUK) February 13, 2018