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Re Russell Guy and Ian Sharp: In the context of your comments it is worth mentioning that the Alice Springs News Online does not normally allow people to attack individuals from a vantage point of anonymity. With Mr Snowdon the issue is different.
In the past couple of years he has not responded to about a dozen requests for comment from us. Now he is again a candidate and as such a legitimate subject for comment and obliged to account for his performance.
I spoke to his Alice Springs based minder, fact to face, at the Show, expressed my disapproval of Mr Snowdon’s behaviour, and renenwed my requests for an interview with him. I have not heard from either Mr Snowdon nor the minder.
If Mr Snowdon begins to conduct himself like an elected person is expected to, then we will give him the right of reply to any attack, concurrent with the publication of the attack, or publish responses from him in some other suitable way.
We also have made these points: On the one hand, anonymous comments do not have the credibility of those whose authors disclose their identity. On the other, regrettably, some people fear they will be victimised if their views become known, and we feel they should still have the opportunity of their opinions being heard when a prominent politician is concerned.
Of course, we moderate all comments applying standards of reasonableness and legality.
Erwin Chlanda
Editor, Alice Springs News Online.

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Gareth: Thank you for your compliments about my writing.
This piece was by-lined as comment.
The Alice Springs News gives you a large platform for comment, so surely it should be availabe to me as well.
As for “fearless, honest journalism” in Central Australia, mine started full-time in December 1974.
Checking out our online story archive, some seven million words, would have assisted to make your comment better informed.
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