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Media should not add to suffering

The debate continues on how news of Brian Lenihan's illness was brought into the public domain.

Politicians and political parties, television and radio stations, journalists and the ordinary man and woman on the street will have their positions.

They all can fight it out.

As for me, I'm tired of the arguments about what is appropriate for us to know about a public figure.

There comes a time when we must look beyond our roles/jobs/positions and remember that we are human beings, and, as human beings, we must consider human decency.

So I don't want to hear journalists argue that they are just doing what journalists do and informing the public.

I don't want to see any broadcaster do something that causes human suffering under the guise of a duty to the public.

Maria Dowling
Sutton, Dublin

Irish Independent