Category : Ireland

Exploring Ireland’s decline in media plurality

Concentrated media market gives business owners influence over the news

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

Banned 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?

This 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”

Ireland’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

Irish 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

Rory 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

As 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.

Has Ireland reintroduced criminal libel?

An Irish court has created a precedent where damage to a person’s reputation could lead to criminal sanction -- and no one seems to have noticed, writes Padraig Reidy

Padraig Reidy: Why use the “offended” line? Because it works

The archdiocese of Rio is offended and reportedly threatening to sue Italian broadcaster RAI for an advert showing the Christ The Redeemer statue wearing the Italy Jersey. Such complaints of “offence” are really demands for “respect” -- in the Corleone sense