THE loyalist threat to newsagents selling the Sunday World – a tabloid newspaper famous for exposing and ridiculing paramilitary groups – is an attack on freedom of speech. Yet the response from the Government to this situation today is in marked contrast to the way in which Mo Mowlam showed her solidarity with the paper when its offices were firebombed a few years ago. Sadly, all the NIO tea and sympathy in the world won’t change the fact that no-one has been prosecuted for SW journalist Marty O’Hagan’s murder, and the threat is all too real, as arson is regarded as a serious option by the UDA today.Scotland on Sunday reports:
In 1999, the Sunday World offices in Belfast were fire-bombed. The next day, Mo Mowlam visited the scene. She talked to the staff, thanked them for the necessary and courageous work they were doing and subsequently wrote to them individually. It is impossible not to contrast that response with the almost total official silence that has greeted the current campaign against the paper.