You seem to have a good point, Harold (posted December …

Comment on Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred? by Erwin Chlanda.

You seem to have a good point, Harold (posted December 3, 2016 at 8:13 am
Since November 30 we’ve made several requests to the Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority for comment. Not a peep out of them.
Regards, ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor

Erwin Chlanda Also Commented

Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
Thanks, Russell (Posted December 2, 2016 at 6:36 pm).
What you label as a generalisation is an assertion we make with complete confidence: Reader statistics for each report – which we have to the accuracy of one through Google Analytics – establish that stories attracting little or no comment (the majority) can have just as many readers as stories that attract a lot of comment.
This shows us that readers are coming on to our site primarily for the journalism it provides, while we welcome the many who also respond to the forum for discussion it creates.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Trees on Melanka block no longer sacred?
No Russell, it ain’t. Our journalism is in the reports, and we stand by them.
Many readers’ comments are providing valuable facts.
What some say is not news nor fact, but an expressions – sometimes outburst – of opinion. But they have the freedom of speech as well.
Our readers know to tell the difference.
ERWIN CHLANDA, Editor


Recent Comments by Erwin Chlanda

Hundreds of empty plastic wine bottles in Todd
Hi Scarlett, we gave the right of reply to the retailer and we reported his response. We asked police to comment because they, if they are present at the bottle shop, enquire with some purchasers of liquor where they intend to consume it. If the nominated location is a place where drinking of alcohol is prohibited, such as the Todd River, the liquor is usually confiscated.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


Warrant for police search of construction firm office
Laurence and Richard: What nonsense. No accusations are being made. This is an accurate report of an infrequent, unusual and serious police activity. As such it is news. We do not interpret that activity. No more and no less.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


NATS benefit to economy open to question
Hi Gabs and Brent: We’re not denying that local businesses benefitted from the NATS. We’re just demanding accurate figures about the extent of that benefit.

As taxpayers I’m sure you would like that information as well. We’ll do our best to bring it to you.

Erwin Chlanda, Editor, Alice Springs News Online


Journalists as prostitutes
@ “Laurence”: This piece is clearly labelled as “Comment” as are all our (very few) comment pieces.
@ Richard Bentley: To make the placement of advertising conditional upon a “good editorial” is corrupt – on the part of the accepting medium as well as the advertising client. There are no ifs nor buts.
To both of you: We will continue our impeccable journalistic standards, to your benefit and that of our tens of thousands of readers (for example, 21,884 in the 30 days to September 3).
Erwin Chlanda, Editor


Ancient stories meet government silence in the Lands
@ Ruth Morley: I have removed “[just]” from the report and I am running the whole quote.
I accept Ms Morley’s explanation and apologise to Mr King and Mr Young.
Erwin Chlanda, Editor.


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