Author Archives: Simon McGarr

Digital Rights Ireland: ECJ Judgement on Data Retention

ECJ judgement on Digital Rights Ireland’s challenge to the EU’s data retention regime.

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Why do Irish Journalism outlets not want to secure their sources?

Imagine you know something. It’s something explosive, something the public ought urgently to know. Let’s say the state is being undermined from within- either by regular ole corruption, or by infiltration by a hostile external group. Now, imagine you hold … Continue reading

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CONFIRMED: RTE internal memo to unhappy staff re Pantigate

UPDATE: It is real. *** I’m not a journalist and I’m not used to getting leaks. So all I can tell you is, I received the text below and it may be accurate or it may not. If it is … Continue reading

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What we can learn from the Pantigate scandal

Firstly, yes, it is a scandal. Anything that generates a 2000 person demonstration on freedom of expression in a matter of days, without any advance media publicity is big. Anything that has Ireland’s commitment to free speech and minority rights … Continue reading

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Response from the BAI to complaints re the Saturday Night Show

If you write to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland about the recent Panti/Saturday Night Show excitement, you will likely get a reply something like that below. If you want to make an effective complaint, you should note that; You should … Continue reading

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The Oppression of Silence, The Freedom Of Speech

Thirty years ago a 15 year old girl died alone after giving birth to her baby at the foot of a statue of Virgin Mary. Her baby son also died. Her name was Ann Lovett. In the days that followed, … Continue reading

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Helpful BAI Statement on new Code of Business Conduct Issued today

“Please note that this code has been updated in recent weeks and a new version has been placed online today; it is viewable here: Employees who infringe the Code of Business Conduct may be subject to the disciplinary policy … Continue reading

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The BAI, John Waters and regulating away Other voices

As a member of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), John Waters is one of nine people who are in charge of regulating all broadcasting in Ireland- RTE TV and Radio, TV3, and all commercial radio. He is also one … Continue reading

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Free The News: Information Commissioner’s decision on RTE/NNI FOI raises questions.

The Information Commissioner’s office raises more questions than it answers in making a ruling on my FOI appeal re documents relating to RTE and the NNI.

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No Catharsis in Limerick’s Drama

UPDATE: Here’s a mind-boggling audio recording of the meeting, courtesy of Eireleaks Last quote from Pat Cox: “It was a powerful, intense and cathartic experience for everyone involved in the meeting”.No doubt about that, Pat — Alan English (@AlanEnglish9) January … Continue reading

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