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Rodney Edwards, deputy editor of the Impartial Reporter, in today’s Guardian newspaper

Roy Greenslade, in The Guardian, writes:

“…in March this year, a middle-aged man walked into the office of the Impartial Reporter, the Enniskillen-based paper that serves the people of Fermanagh and other border counties in Northern Ireland.

“He asked the receptionist if he could speak to a female reporter because of the sensitivity of what he was about to say.

“The man then told the reporter, Jessica Campbell, about a dark secret he had kept for more than 30 years.

“As a 12-year-old child he had been abused when using public toilets in the town centre. In the following months, he was subject to a series of sexual assaults by a group of men.

“…Although there had been rumours down the years of a paedophile ring in Fermanagh, this was the first evidence with enough checkable detail for the paper to feel confident about publishing the story.

“The reaction astonished the Impartial’s staff. The paper was deluged with phone calls, emails and letters in which people revealed that they, too, had been victims of abuse. The story snowballed.

It was the start of what has become an Homeric undertaking by the deputy editor, Rodney Edwards, who has investigated more than 50 allegations of historic sexual abuse across the county.

In fairness.

Here’s why local journalism must find a way to survive (Roy Greenslade, The Guardian)

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Roy Greenslade, this afternoon

This afternoon.

Roy Greenslade , The Guardian’s media correspondent and former editor of the Daily Mirror, giving the keynote speech at at the launch of the 2015 Annual Report of the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman.

Professor Greenslade’s theme was the future of print in Ireland and abroad.

So the UK is still blessed with a diverse press, but what of Ireland’s media and, just as significantly, what about the future for that media?

New Zealand is a country about to have a single media owner.

Could the same happen here?

Is there enough political will to prevent it?

And even if there was, would the free market triumph?

I think it fair to say that the rise of the internet was just a contributory factor to the fact that
one person has accumulated control of the country’s best-selling daily and Sunday newspapers, Dublin’s evening paper, a tabloid, half share in another tabloid, plus 14
regional papers and two national talk radio stations.

However, the digital revolution’s advance is putting his major rival newspaper owners in peril. As in many other countries where newspapers are going to the wall the market-leading owner could well end up being the last man standing.

Gulp.

Prof Greensalde added:

…That’s a very worrying scenario to imagine, although Ireland may benefit from UK-based
newspapers, at least in the short term. I also note that there have been some enterprising
online start-ups here.

I’ve no desire to rain on their parade, just as I admire news start-ups in the UK and the United States, but they have yet to gain the scale of audiences necessary to influence what we might call “the national conversation” and, in so doing, carry forward the journalistic mission on which democracy depends.

FIGHT!

Full text of speech here

Suddenly, national newspapers are heading for that print cliff fall (Roy Greenslade, The Guardian)

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Further to the ‘matter‘.

Media analyst Roy Greensalde writes:

Given that IBRC is state-owned, [Catherine] Murphy was suggesting that the Irish people have been subsidising O’Brien’s interest payments on massive loans for no clear reason.

Although I have no idea whether or not her claims are correct, they are protected by parliamentary privilege (as in Britain).

…the extension of the terms of the injunction to cover a parliamentary speech has shocked the Irish media community, not to mention the public.

It had extraordinary effects. For example, RTÉ reporter Philip Boucher Hayes tweeted yesterday afternoon that the Drivetime show was about to play Murphy’s speech, but the piece was not broadcast and his tweet was later deleted.

RTÉ news bulletins mentioned that Murphy had spoken but didn’t quote what she had said or play clips. Online reports quoting Murphy were removed, stating only that Murphy had spoken about O’Brien. Similarly, the Irish Times’s report was silent on what Murphy said but it did provide a link to her speech on the Oireachtas site.

The report on the matter by Ireland’s best-selling daily newspaper, the Irish Independent, said: “Mr O’Brien successfully stopped RTÉ from broadcasting the details which Ms Murphy raised in the Dáil”.

Ireland’s media silenced over MP’s speech about Denis O’Brien (Roy Greenslade, Guardian)

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UPDATE:

Meanwhile…

The Guardian’s Roy Greenslade writes:

“I am carrying this guest blog in part because Sinead O’Shea touches on a topic I often mention – the failure of mainstream Irish media to do their job properly. But she goes way beyond the lack of inadequate reporting to consider the darker side of her home country….”

The Dark Truth About Modern Ireland (Sinead O’Shea, The Guardian)