From our readers - Haringey deserves better coverage

I was extremely disappointed by PRWeek's reporting of the Baby P case (News 21, November).

The article was snide and unbalanced. While you gave Haringey the right to reply, it is hardly surprising it did not have the time or inclination to defend its comms operation to the trade press in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

I have handled high-profile child-protection cases. All are challenging, but nothing I have seen has come close to the Baby P case in terms of ferocity and breadth of coverage. I would expect PRWeek to analyse the coverage and response in a measured fashion, rather than to carry out hatchet jobs on colleagues already working under a kind of pressure most people in PR could hardly begin to imagine.

Polly Rance, head of media and external relations, London Borough of Hackney.

- Let's not rush to judgement over Haringey Council's comms response to the court verdict in the Baby P case. Without all the facts, none of us can say we would have done it better.

As for the accusation that Haringey's head of comms, Mike Browne, was too busy organising the CIPR Public Services Group conference in Bath to prepare for the verdict - that is plain nonsense.

Glynis Alexander, vice-chair, CIPR local government group

- Mike Browne chairs a committee I am proud to serve. Were it not for the fact he put 'work first', I and my fellow committee members might have relaxed in Bath instead of working around the clock to deliver the successful event we all helped to achieve.

Liza Greaves, director, Public PR and ex-head of comms, Haringey and Brighton and Hove.

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