Shut your mouth, or get out…

The Broom picks up something from the Irish News that seems so far to have had little impact in the wider media. Belfast playwright, Gary Mitchell, has had to leave his home after being threatened by Loyalist paramilitaries. As she points out, freedom of speech in Northern Ireland has come at a terrible cost for quite few people in the past, and continues to be a problem for some more outspoken members of the mainstream media. Adds: Here’s Susan McKay’s take.

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