The RIBA has told all its newly elected councillors not to speak to the press
As part of its induction programme new councillors are now being advised against talking to the media and told all communications should go through the RIBA’s press office.
According to councillors, they were told ‘there is no such thing as off the record’ when it comes to the press.
One councillor told the AJ: ‘I’ve been running my own business and talking to the press for forty years. The RIBA won’t stop me from talking to you.’
While current national councillor John Assael, said he was ‘dissapointed’ by the move.
‘They are being heavy handed. If it is confidential then that is clear. But general matters should be communicated to the press. Elected councillors have a duty to get the message out there’, he said.
‘The assumption is that it is all negative. But what if we actually want to say something good about what is happening in council – does that have to go through them too?’
A spokesperson for the RIBA, said: ‘New RIBA Council members are given a detailed induction on their role.
‘Some of this induction naturally covers standard trustees’ responsibilities with regard to confidentiality, including commenting to the press.’
RIBA tells councillors not to talk to the press