By Fiona Grahame
As editor of The Orkney News I am proud of the wonderful diversity of writing and opinions we are able to publish on our website.
We may be peedie but we punch well above our weight and that is due to the great volunteers we have writing and reporting for us.
We stand by every one of our contributors and the work they are doing to share what is happening in Scotland and beyond.
Debate and discussion are good and healthy but when it becomes an onslaught of attack on any of the Orkney News contributors that will be condemned. Slagging people off on social media be it Facebook or Twitter is not debate in fact it shuts it down.
One of our founding principles is that we will not tolerate hate speech or abuse. Scotland is a country rich in resources and diversity but some have lost their ability to engage civilly in debate.
I realise this is a minority of people but they damage open discussion on issues of importance to the people of Scotland. This is Scotland’s era of a new Enlightenment when many voices are speaking up.
The Orkney News will continue to embrace diversity and allow those who find it difficult to be heard to publish their views and articles on our pages.
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