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Journalists here 'have higher standards'

IRISH newspapers and journalists operate closer to professional standards in Ireland than some quarters of the British media, said Press Ombudsman John Horgan today.

There were no complaints of telephone hacking in Ireland, unlike the situation in Britain, he said.

Professor Horgan said revelations at the Leveson Inquiry in the UK into behaviour by some media had "startled" Irish journalists.

He said Irish newspapers and editors have been very cooperative when contacted by him about issues of press coverage. Occasionally families suffering grief or distress who feel they are being chased by the media contact him and he passes on those concerns to editors in the form of advisory notices.

Editors have welcomed such notices as they apply to all editors. Prof Horgan was very satisfied with the voluntary cooperation of newspapers, he said on RTE Morning Ireland today.