Free Tomorrow?




At the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel in Dublin 8.

Independent MEP Nessa Childers is hosting a conference on ‘safeguarding journalism, media ownership and democracy’.

She writes:

This all-day conference will question the concept of media diversity and ownership in both online and traditional print media – and explore the implications for traditional notions of democratic accountability and journalistic independence.

To seek an answer to these questions and explore issues around ownership and challenges presented by online news sources two pieces of research will be launched on the day.

The research undertaken by Nessa Childers in partnership with the Institute For Future Media and Journalism (FUJO/DCU) examines the relationship between large media shareholders and media content through coverage of four major news stories in Ireland between the years 2012 to 2015 – and the second piece of research looks at how social media affects different news organisations differently through a series of interviews with these organisations to find out about their experiences.

Speakers will include Renate Schroeder, director of European Federation of Journalists; Seamus Dooley, secretary of the NUJ; Flutura Kusari, legal advisor at European Centre for Press and Media Freedom; Michael O’Keeffe, CEO of Broadcasting Authority of Ireland; Dr. Roddy Flynn, of Dublin City University; and Gemma O’Doherty, investigative journalist.

Daniel McConnell, political editor of the Irish Examiner; Jane Whyatt, of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom; Dr Jane Suiter and Dr Eugenia Siapera, of DCU; Christine Bohan, deputy editor of; David Cochrane, social media editor of the Irish Times; Anne Marie McNally, political strategist and founding member of the Social Democrats; and Niamh Sweeney, head of public policy at Facebook Ireland, will also speak.


Book a place at the conference here

18 thoughts on “Free Tomorrow?

    1. Kieran NYC


      You’d have to wonder what subjects Mercille would consider himself too unqualified to give an opinion on.

      Do any exist?!

      1. Andy

        Sausage manufacturing –
        he hasn’t decided yet if it’s a neoliberal conspiracy to oppress the lower class through malnutrition or an example of early proletariat subversion….

  1. Eoin

    Bit late to safeguard the Irish media isn’t it? Well I suppose it’s good that people are at least starting to wake up to the fact that our media is almost totally agenda driven by special interests.

  2. Clampers Outside!

    It be sold out… I look forward to the post.

    Anyone going… might want to ask Feckbook about why the suppress certain news feeds….
    It’s not that I care for the particular news discussed in that article, it’s the fact that News Feed is clearly not without it’s own bias controlled by Facebook.

    Kinda funny that Facebook would be asked to this if they are a known to skew news to suit themselves, init…. no?

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        Slow down Gee of Qui…
        Clamped-Nuts is right to ask that question.

        I was going to write an informed piece on this very subject and submit it to Broadsheet.
        A serious piece, maybe under a pseudonym.
        (DEFINITELY under a pseudonym.)

        It’s a bigger issue than you think.

        I started writing it, but before I got to the second paragraph I was coiled up laughing at the people who are on Facebook. It was too difficult to continue. I couldn’t do proper research and break my hole laughing at the same time.
        But I still felt driven by an inner force, by a thought in my mind, a voice in my head, an echo from my destiny* that kept saying, ‘Create, create…you were born to write…, but I couldn’t stop laughing.


  3. frank

    As long as we have RTE; where our government’s version of everything gets properly thrown at us like ‘t’was confetti – day and night, then such meets won’t matter at all . . .

  4. Truth in the News

    Too many people have copped on to the Independent and RTE and its only a matter
    of time, when their papers won’t be bought or RTE watched or listened to, the
    news platform has shifted and the clout they once had is gone….indeed it is now
    reaching a stage where RTE will need security to do broadscasts outside of Montrose as they are so despised and disbelieved.,,,,were it not for a bank debt
    write down the Independent would have sunk long ago…..if those who run RTE
    had any guts, they’d have invited Gemma O’Doherty to take the position of DG.

  5. Andy

    So basically a bunch of day of whingey anti-establishment conspiracy theorists proposing why their left wing anti-elite propaganda deserves more credence than the right wing propaganda they see in every article, report or broadcast which doesn’t parrot their views.

    If they’ve a problem with media ownership why don’t they start a rival paper or media group? Oh, is it cause they’re nearly all risk averse capital lite wafflers reliant on the states (Eu or irish) dollar to fund their pensionable jobs?

    1. Andy

      *so basically a day of whingey

      I also presume nessa childers will discuss conflicts of interests in all types of publications where the funders benefit from positive outcomes. Including her endorsing a paper on adhd sponsored by a company selling adhd drugs.

    2. some old queen

      Given that this country’s media has always had a right wing bias, even the fact that the left is organising these things is progress. The game is changing now because information is accessible from plenty of sources and we all know what the main news headlines should be before we even switch it on.

      RTE is particular is coming under increasing scrutiny. Their recent coverage of the EU’s opinion on water charges was so biased that it was blatant propaganda. Irony is that the more times pull stunts like this the more votes SF get next time around because just like Irish Water, people don’t trust it anymore.

    3. Truth in the News

      You’d start a lot of newspapers and broadcasting stations with the debt write
      off O’Brien got and the licence fee RTE squanders…..the Downings and
      Davin Powers would be begging on O’Connell St.

  6. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    Nice one Killer Queen;
    The game is changing now because information is accessible from plenty of sources…

    The game has changed and will keep changing…
    Isn’t that the crux?

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Our new ‘friend’ Pandering Andy deserves a talking to. I’m checking his form, because I’m like that.
      -And he might never be back, because he looks like he’s like that.
      -And for tonight let’s let that be that.

      I’ll get him if he comes back.

      1. some old queen

        Oh he’ll be back alright, along with Steve. Once Irish Water is mentioned, up they pop.

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