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[Bono at the World irish hoo ha in Dublin Castle, 2012]

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“One must ask whether the problem is the law or the self-censorship of RTE. I believe it is the latter and that if RTE had taken a challenge in the courts I do not think the people claiming the offence would have won their court action. Most reasonable people would take such a view also. The reason RTE responded is that it was bending the knee to those with deep pockets, which is all too prevalent in the media and it is something we must examine. Six or seven months ago I was asked to participate in a BBC 4 radio programme on Bono. The BBC is broadcasting the programme this week. The reason it has taken so long is that in the past seven months the BBC has been subjected to enormous pressure from Bono’s legal representatives, to the point that RTE would not even hand over footage of an interview Bono had done with it to the BBC, which normally would be done, due to the fear of litigation and tight control by U2 and Bono in monitoring what opinions went out about them. A similar approach was evident with the penalty points saga where we were aware that media outlets were pressurised by members of the Judiciary who feared they would be named in the print media as having had their penalty points cancelled and information was not put in the public domain as a result.”

Clare Daly during the Broadcasting (Amendment) Bill 2014: Second Stage [Private Members] on April 11.


Transcript via KildareStreet.com

Thanks Oireachtas Retort

A cartoon by Mick Stevens that recently got the New Yorker temporarily banned from Facebook by the Zuck’s outsourced censorship brigade (recently exposed by Gawker).

Stevens later redrew the cartoon, removing all trace of nudity. And New Yorker cartoon humour. Which can be fairly nuanced at the best of times, in fairness.

Nipplegate (New Yorker)

(Thanks Lars Biscuits)

…while simultaneously unavailable here.

The Library of Congress has released a short-ish list of the books that “shaped America”.

La Frondeuse writes:

“…so many of them banned in Ireland e.g For Whom The Bell Tolls & the Grapes of Wrath, the Catcher in the Rye, Catch 22, the Lord of the Flies and the Color Purple, presumably also a few others. There’s a great expo of books banned in Ireland (including the above, and ffs, Gulliver’s Travels!) here.

If we wanted political censorship and protected cliques.

We’d have joined a newspaper straight after school.

Jack S writes:

The exchange (above) took place on the UCD Ents (events) Crew page on Facebook. A student posted an opinion on the new constitution for the UCD Students Union which was then deleted as is was not in agreement with the Events officer’s own. Needless to say, the conversation
has since been removed by the page administrator and events officer in question, Stephen Darcy.



In August 1974, eight months before its cinema release, Tony Kerpel of the British Board of Film Classification previewed Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

A subsequent chat between Kerpel and Mark Forstater, one of the film’s producers, led to the above summary of the censor’s advice, which Forstater mailed to fellow producer, Michael White.