Thursday 23 November 2017

Anne Harris: O’Brien – the real issue is press freedom

Fearless newspapers are essential in a country whose political culture is marked by 'endemic corruption', writes Anne Harris

Anne Harris

Earlier last week, I had my first conversation (excepting a few words at the funeral of my husband Aengus Fanning) with James Osborne, the former chairman of Independent News & Media, who was voted out in an O'Brien-led boardroom bloodbath at the AGM.



In the course of the conversation, he informed me that in April of this year Denis O'Brien, the major shareholder in INM, had called him up to get him to "pull" an article in this newspaper.

The article related to Denis O'Brien's borrowings from Anglo Irish Bank. A spokesman for Denis O'Brien yesterday denied that this took place.

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