Monday 18 December 2017

John-Paul McCarthy: Judge Moriarty's report cuts to the heart of O'Brien problem

The Moriarty report puts the Rupert Murdoch situation in context, writes John-Paul McCarthy

The confrontation between British parliamentarians and Rupert Murdoch contains important lessons for Irish citizens who are trying to devise effective bulwarks for the freedom of expression in the Republic.



Tory MP Louise Mensch cautioned last week against flabby indictments of Murdoch's professional fitness, especially when her Commons' committee had not agreed the criteria by which this incapacity should be judged. Mensch's plea for proportional analysis was met with a torrent of fishwives' abuse on the internet.

We seem to have the opposite problem in Ireland as regards our own media oligarchs, namely under-reacting to problems. As the Examiner's Sean Connolly told Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk, our own Denis O'Brien problem looms far larger than Murdoch, especially since he was dismantled by a tribunal of inquiry and is more powerful in Irish terms than Murdoch.

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