Don’t say you weren’t warned.

The Irish Times reports:

“Independent News & Media has drawn up a new editorial charter that requires journalists to get the written approval of the managing editor before writing any “sustained or repeated adversarial material concerning individuals or organisations”

“Clause seven deals with “fairness” – “Journalists will strive to be fair in affording individuals or organisations the right of pre-publication response,” it states. “A decision not to afford such a right of response will only be taken with the written approval of the editor or designated editorial executive.”

“It then adds: “Sustained or repeated adversarial editorial material concerning individuals or organisations will only be maintained on the basis of justification in the public interest with the written approval of the managing editor.”


How do like them apples?

INM, controlled by Denis O’Brien (top) publishes the Irish Independent, Sunday Independent, Evening Herald, Sunday World, The Star and the Metro Herald. It also owns 13 weekly regional papers.

New INM charter restricts ‘adversarial material’ (Ciarán Hancock, Irish Times)

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(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)