One of the weak planks in Andrew Gilligan’s early morning reporting on the UK governments Iraq dossier was that it was based on a single unnamed source. Though the subject matter was less serious in terms of national interest, the misreporting of the circumstances of Liam Lawlor’s death at the weekend, across the Irish media, similarly seems to have been (or so the Independent alleges) based on a single source, a Guardian correspondent in Moscow.
The story as published was primarily based on information provided by a highly regarded source in Moscow who works with both the Guardian and Observer newspapers, and statements made by the Moscow City Police Information department.
Now the Minister of Justice is resurrecting a plan for the introduction of a press council to monitor complaints and to take punative action where necessary.
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty