Monday 20 February 2017

Respecting the role of journalists is a prerequisite for a healthy democracy

Bob Hughes

Published 20/01/2016 | 02:30

'The Taoiseach’s intervention to defend the need for an independent media, in particular the right of reporters to access leaked and confidential information in the public interest, is to be welcomed, although he qualified the need for surveillance by differentiating between national security and other matters'
'The Taoiseach’s intervention to defend the need for an independent media, in particular the right of reporters to access leaked and confidential information in the public interest, is to be welcomed, although he qualified the need for surveillance by differentiating between national security and other matters'

'Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Everything else is public relations."

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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.

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