Slugger wins Peace Through Media Award…

It’s a bit poor to get scooped by the BBC on our first Award in a few years.. I was pleasantly surprised to receive it, given the calibre of people who were there. The Iraqi journalist who picked his award up before me had been sentenced to death and then tortured in Abu Ghraib under the Sadam regime. Another was the anchor man on Israeli Channel 10, Shlomo Eldar, whose work brought the savage reality of the recent Gaza war back to Israeli homes, did much to end hostilities there. Needless to say it was a humbling experience.Even in our darkest times we never suffered the scale of destruction that consumes the Middle East, and arguably Slugger has only come on the tail end of those hostilities… In essence, if Slugger has stood for anything (more than an aid to good journalists, and conscientious politicians), it is to strive toward what Michael Longley put so eloquently and comprehensively:

It’s how we interact with one another, civilization. On the one hand, I’m interested in how we avoid tearing one another to pieces. Peace is not that, peace is the absence of that, peace is the absence of war: the opposite of war is custom, customs, and civilization. Civilization is custom and manners and ceremony, the things that Yeats says in “A Prayer for My Daughter.” We have a vocabulary of how to deal with one another and how to behave, a vocabulary of behavior, as well as things to say to one another . . . and out of that come laws and agreed ways of doing things . . . and that in daily life are a bit like form in poetry.

Thanks to all here at Slugger, bloggers and fair play commenters. What we have is a public space here that has only received the barest minimum of funding (and fewer expenses) in its nearly seven years. I hope the next seven will see us more consistently breaking out of the tight confines of the Internet


  • Brian Walker

    Well done Mick. It’s down to you. Onward and upward.

  • Well done Mick. Keep her lit.

  • Pete Baker

    Indeed, Brian.

    And here is the list of the 5th International Media Awards.

  • Congratulations indeed; richly deserved.

    But tell us, Mick, whose opinions do you despise, as you’re quoted to say in the BBC report?

  • susan

    Congratulations to Mick and all the bloggers and commenters who hang on through the highest and lowest of the debates, discussions and dialogues. Stamina matters.

    At its very, very best, by offering up a more open democratic platform, Slugger honours not only the possibilities of a brighter shared future but the voices of those who had so much to say, but long ago were silenced.

  • malachi

    Warmest congratulations. Well done.

  • Mick Fealty


    Now that would be telling… 😉

    I was just trying to emphasise that engagement with opponents does not have to equate with acquiesence in their views, which has been a working assumption for most of the Troubles and post Troubles era.

    What do I despise? Well, not genuinely held political opinion, no matter where it comes from on the political compass. I do not like poor journalism, though I know it when I see it, I try not to dwell on it. I don’t like the various play the man strategies that seek to blacken the debate.

  • Mick,

    Ahhhh, then it’s not their opinions that you despise (as you confess), but their style of play.

    Could we have a new yellow card offence, along the lines of ‘you’re entitled to this opinion, but express it on the field with a little more flair, please?’

  • joeCanuck

    I agree with the general comments here, Mick.
    Richly deserved indeed, due to loads of hard work, dedication and, no doubt, many headaches and tearing out of hair.
    Congrats to you and your team.

  • USA

    Great forum, great website.
    A benchmark.
    Well done.

  • Congratulations Mick, and your team.

    On the politics of civilisation, this may interest you. Nobel laureate and Guardian columnist Joseph Stiglitz and Armatya Sen, another Nobel laureate, are finishing off a report on that very subject for the French government, which has already taken evidence from the philosopher who has developed the idea. I’ll send you more when it’s released, but see here for a sceptical view:

  • dunreavynomore

    Good man Mick, keep on keeping on.

  • J Kelly

    Congrats Mick…don’t post as often nowadays but still have a quick look over most days…its like not missing the news…well gone

  • grannie trixie

    Glad I voted Mick.You and yours deserve it.
    (but you know it wont make you rich!).

  • 6countyprod

    Well done, Mick. Slugger is the only NI blog I keep being drawn back to. It’s hard the kick the habit once you’re hooked! Keep up the good work.

  • latcheeco

    Maith thu Mick!
    But in fairness it could have been the “confronting of themmuns through technology” award 🙂

  • Tir Eoghain Gael

    Well done Mick, Love the site, as six county prod said you just keep getting drawn back to the site when you are hooked.

  • Killian Forde

    Well done Mick, always a good read. Deserved.