Kate Fitzgerald, annonymity and a ‘hacked’ voicemail?

Last Saturday, the Irish Times told the story of a young, brilliantly talented US born Irishwoman. It followed a very powerful piece by the woman herself back in September, just before, as it much later came to light, she had taken her own life.

But having first linked the story, John Ryan’s Broadsheet.ie is now at odds with the paper ever since his subsequent identification of Terry Prone’s Communication Clinic as Kate Fitzgerald’s employers.

Without getting into the legally complex detail, the paper’s apparently honest and sincere decision to disclose the identity of the young woman last Saturday then allowed Broadsheet to posthumously subject the powerful and highly influential Dublin based PR company to the criticism contained within Kate’s original article.

Something the Communications Clinic were clearly not happy about. According to Broadsheet’s latest recap:

On Monday, after we posted that Kate had worked for The Communications Clinic (alongside a July employment tribunal hearing report about a employee alleging bullying and intimidation at the company), Kate’s article which had been on the paper’s website since September 9 was edited without any explanation.

More worrying though is this, posted by Broadsheet on the net last night:

5pm Update: The voicemail which warned of the “libel landmine” [that] was going to “blow up in our faces” (see above) has disappeared. It had been saved, the contents transcribed and was last played back at 2pm today. We have contacted Vodafone who have told us that it is highly unusual as all voicemails can be retrieved, even if deleted, within 24 hours.

Curiouser and curiouser…

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

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