It cannot be easy to be an opinion columnist. No, that’s not quite true. Being an opinion columnist is incredibly easy, especially when compared to jobs such as firefighter, coalminer or deep-sea fisherman.
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.
[caption id="attachment_1581" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Photo cc Jay Wilson[/caption]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 being commented on internationally is big.
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.
"Please note that this code has been updated in recent weeks and a new version has been placed online today; it is viewable here: http://www. bai. ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/20131119_RevisedCodeOfBusinessConduct_PK.
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 of only two of those nine who sits on the Contracts Awards Committee which licences independent commercial and community broadcasters including digital television providers.
Firstly, let's get the actual decision out of the way. Here it is. Information Commissioner Decision Re RTE FOI request seeking documents re NNI footage sharingNow, lets take a few quotes out.
UPDATE: Here's a mind-boggling audio recording of the meeting, courtesy of Eireleaks[soundcloud url="https://api. soundcloud. com/tracks/127770144" params="color=ff6600&auto_play=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]Last quote from Pat Cox: "It was a powerful, intense and cathartic experience for everyone involved in the meeting".