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Government attempt to stifle free speech

Why are people so outraged at the BAI's (Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's) abandoned attempt to place a code of conduct on opinionated journalists and news programme presenters?

Since the dawn of 'democracy', government and its administrators have longed to keep its citizens in a state of unawareness.

If the governments of the democratic world could make watching 'The X Factor' mandatory and ban the reading of enlightening books, they would do so. It has never been in the interest of politicians to rule over an intelligent populace.

When I left school at the age of 16 to begin my working life, I had no knowledge of how my country was governed.

How many 18-year-olds are leaving school today with neither information of nor desire for the awareness to vote?

For the introduction of the household charge, we were flooded with leaflets and information about how to pay the charge.

For the property tax we have been bombarded with the Government's notification about its implementation.

Yet, this Government is planning to take a huge step in changing our laws pertaining to freedom of speech and I have not received one leaflet or heard any ads on the radio about the intended change.

Point proved!

Darren Williams

Sandyford, Dublin 18


Irish Independent