Respecting the role of journalists is a prerequisite for a healthy democracy
Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30
'Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations."
George Orwell's observations on press freedom and its duty to hold those in power to account comes sharply into focus in the current controversy over GSOC - the Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission - and its surveillance of journalists.
At least two journalists' phone records have been accessed following an investigation into alleged garda leaks about the death of model Katy French.