By John Smith • 13 May 2016 • 17:46
THE story of the Priors and their terrible trials and tribulations will be well known to EWN readers as we have covered the events that have blighted their lives and resulted in them being evicted from their home which was then demolished.
Their fortitude and bravery in not letting the way in which they have been treated means that they deserve both praise and support. The bad news is that having won a case whereby at least they are due to receive part of the money that they have lost, they now have to face an appeal against the ruling from the council that has caused them so much heartache.
As reported in both our newspaper and website, the home owner’s association, AUAN, has planned a peaceful demonstration in the Plaza Mayor outside Vera town hall on May 19 at 12pm in support of Helen and Len and their fight for justice.
Mass attendance was expected from British and Spanish supporters who believe that they have suffered enough, and they were looking forward to yet another round of publicity in order to promote their claim for closure to this awful event.
Imagine their surprise and horror when the RTN publication issued three different editions, including their brand new Almeria ‘paper’ which was launched as the only newspaper in the area, and on their front page trumpeted a report on the protest which they initially claimed took place on Thursday April 19, although that was later amended to May 12 which is also incorrect.
The Priors and AUAN have worked hard to publicise this event and to have it treated with such contempt by fabricating a completely untrue story has understandably upset them.
What they are most worried about is that people will actually believe what appeared in the three editions, although luckily they don’t seem to have a very wide circulation and the company has removed the story from their Facebook page, as well as all of the comments about the inaccuracy of their reporting.
Mistakes can occur but to actually kick this elderly couple in the teeth by printing a fictitious story under the dismissive headline “Prior Engagement” is really the thin end of the journalistic wedge.
The important thing is to know that the peaceful protest is due to proceed on May 19 at 12pm as originally planned and that the couple would love to welcome as many people as possible to show their support at Vera Town Hall.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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Could everyone please note that as per my previous post this is nothing to do with any advertisers or sponsors.The fault lies firmly at the door of the publication the RTN.No where else.Spanish Property Choice have been clients of the EWN for over eight years and in that time they secured prime advertising positions for the benefit of those using their services.Like the EWN they have always gone that extra mile for their clients and we are proud to have them as part of the family.We know that any advertiser past present or future is an investor into our business therefore they will always have our loyalty and respect.SPC have suffered like everyone through the crisis however they have shown tenacity and a work ethic possessed by few.They are so busy filming at the moment which is brilliant as it promotes the area their new marketing plan has not been executed fully.However we know that once it is as always like the EWN they will lead where others will follow.Therefore please do not turn your frustrations for what has happened against an innocent family.Instead stand united to make the area – your area – stronger and march in unison with The Priors on the 19thMay.Thank You
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