Category : Ireland

Ireland: Irish Times journalists banned from Communicorp airwaves

alt informationStaff from the Irish Times will no longer appear on Ireland’s only two national commercial radio stations, Newstalk and Today FM

Ireland’s media ownership concentration breeds pessimism

alt informationWhile media observers routinely identify Ireland’s lack of plurality in media ownership, which is among the most highly concentrated in Europe, as a significant concern, there’s considerable disagreement on how to tackle the issue.

Exploring Ireland’s decline in media plurality

alt informationConcentrated media market gives business owners influence over the news

Banned Books Week: What are the censors so afraid of?

alt informationBanned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a surge in book censorship in schools, bookshops and libraries. Since then, over 11,300 books have been banned

How dangerous is it to be a journalist in Ireland 20 years after the murder of Veronica Guerin?

alt informationThis weekend marks 20 years since the murder of Irish award-winning crime reporter and investigative journalist Veronica Guerin

Padraig Reidy: “Denis O’Brien to sue everyone”

alt informationIreland’s richest media mogul, owner of the country’s largest newspaper group, had a satire malfunction last week when his solicitors, Meaghers, pursued up-and-coming satirical website Waterford Whispers.

Padraig Reidy: Denis O’Brien, parliamentary privilege and the public interest

alt informationIrish billionaire Denis O'Brien got on an injunction on the reporting of a speech in parliament regarding his private banking relationships

Padraig Reidy: Stop saying this isn’t a “free speech issue”. It is.

One wishes sometimes we could be more honest. Say “this is a free speech issue, and I’m OK with this amount of censorship, for this reason”; then we can talk.

#IndexAwards2015: Arts nominee Rory “Panti Bliss” O’Neill

alt informationRory O’Neill is a Dublin-based stand-up comedian and self-described accidental activist for gay rights, who sees his duty as “to say the unsayable”.

Padraig Reidy: Laugh? I nearly died. Of hunger

Those who have raised their voice attempting to prevent the development of a comedy show script based on the Irish famine are simply parading their ignorance

Padraig Reidy: Gerry Adams’ half-remembered Republican mythology

alt informationAs with much half-remembered Republican mythology, Gerry Adams' quip at a US fundraiser wasn’t the whole story.

Padraig Reidy: Blasphemy laws protect only power, never people

Religious persecution is real, and should be fought. Freedom of belief is a basic right. But blasphemy laws protect only power, and never people.