Saturday 20 October 2018

Why journalism and journalists matter more now than ever before

In an era of 'fake news' and manipulation, reliable sources of information are crucial

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)
Cormac Bourke

Cormac Bourke

On Easter Sunday, April 23, 1916, the Sunday Independent carried a front page news item that both shaped the course of history and signalled the first tremors of what would become the Easter Rising.

With intelligence suggesting the Irish Volunteers were about to be suppressed, the organisation's chief of staff Eoin MacNeill had reluctantly agreed to a national military insurrection, under the cover of marches that had been organised for Easter Sunday.

But when MacNeill learned that the information he had been given about the suppression of the Volunteers may not have been accurate, he rushed to the offices of the Sunday Independent to cancel the exercises.

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