Ireland's top for free press…

According to a report by Reporters sans Frontier, Ireland enjoys some of the world’s freest press. Thanks Mark!

  • George

    “The United Kingdom’s ranking (28th) is largely due to the situation in Northern Ireland, where journalists are constantly threatened by
    paramilitary groups. The investigation into the 2001 murder of Sunday World journalist Martin O’Hagan has come to a complete standstill.”

    I wonder why that is.

  • David Vance

    The Irish press along with that in NI, is characterised by mostly lickspittle half-wit left-wing journos without an original thought in their tiny little heads.

    Here’s a quiz: In this ever-so-free Ireland/NI;

    How many newspapers were anti-Belfast Agreement?
    How many newspapers are pro-Bush?
    How many newspapers oppose devolution?
    How many newspapers oppose the EU?
    How many newspapers support the war in Iraq?

    Answers on a postcard please….SUCH a diversity of opinion, isn’t it, and so free….

  • Davros

    Mr O’Hagan’s murder was a disgrace. Was he killed because he was a journalist ? Probably. But he was no ordinary journalist, was he George ? His past was rather different from another Irish Journalist who was murdered, Veronica Guerin.

  • Henry94

    Davros

    What do you mean? No need to be coy. You can’t libel the dead.

  • Davros

    I wasn’t being coy Henry. I have mentioned Mr Hagan’s IRA past before – and that he was named as a cop-killer by Barrie Penrose in the Spectator, 2002.
    From the article –

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  • Oul Nick Mr Satan to you

    Freest press my arse

    work for Newsletter try and run a republican story

    work for Any Trash News try running an anti S/F story

    work for Irish Times try running an anti-government story

    work for Sunday world try running a factual story

    Freedom only belongs to those with the keys, not those in chains

  • barnshee

    George

    Clear now on why no real hurry to find out who killed o`Hagan???

  • Davros

    If we accept the claim that what happened here was a war, I would say that there is a question, as with Pat Finucane, as to whether Mr O’Hagan was a ‘casualty’ or a ‘victim’.

  • George

    Barnshee,
    I am clear now.
    However, I am still in agreement with NUJ President Jim Corrigall when he said:

    “Martin O’Hagan’s murder represented an attack on journalism and on democracy, since journalism is such a fundamental part of the democratic process.”

    Not investigating O’Hagan’s murder is cutting off your nose to spite your face. It’s also a sign of a very large democratic deficit. How many other murders haven’t been investigated because of who the victim was or was perceived to be?

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    O Hagans murder has to be seen in the context of the activities of loyalists in that area.

    There is more than a degree of suspicion around connections between the UVF and British Forces and laterly those who defected from the UVF to the LVF.

    O Hagan has complied information on that collusion and was believed to have had the names of RIR and PSNI personnel who worked with these people.
    Much like Finucane and Nelson, O Hagan was a problem that could be tendered out to former allies.

    His Official IRA past was well known. In fact the Sticks have been held up as a model for present day republicans by Unionist politicians including the DUP

  • Christopher Daigle

    The Irish press along with that in NI, is characterised by mostly lickspittle half-wit left-wing journos without an original thought in their tiny little heads.

    Here’s a quiz: In this ever-so-free Ireland/NI;

    How many newspapers were anti-Belfast Agreement?
    How many newspapers are pro-Bush?
    How many newspapers oppose devolution?
    How many newspapers oppose the EU?
    How many newspapers support the war in Iraq?

    Answers on a postcard please….SUCH a diversity of opinion, isn’t it, and so free….

    Posted by: David Vance at October 30, 2004 06:57 PM
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    Don’t these newspapers publish your letters?

    Or is it a question of market economics driving newspapers to take a position most likely to increase, or at least, maintain their market share?

    Or is it a question of newspapers only being free if they agree with David Vance’s opinions?

  • willowfield

    His Official IRA past was well known.

    Must admit I never knew about it until Davros’s past. Oddly it was never mentioned in any news stories that appeared at the time of his murder.

  • Davros

    I Knew about it before I read the Spectator article because I have friends and family in Lurgan.

  • Davros

    Not that it legitimises his murder.