Should Ireland have a week of libel-free media ?

mr_anderson

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The Dáil can do it, so why not the rest of us ?

Should we allow one week where anything written in the newspapers or uttered on TV or radio is exempt from libel/slander laws ?

There must be enough true stories out there which are held back by respected journalists due to the threat of litigation.
Were this allowed 20 or 30 years ago, could the church abuse stories have come out earlier ?
Would Haughey's ''Thank you, Big Fella'' emerged at a more pivotal moment ?
Or would mentioning certain shenanigans surrounding the granting of a phone licence have changed the course of recent Irish history ?

Undoubtedly, there would be risks, but would the benefits outweigh any downside ?
 


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because journalists destroy lives,you might be next and it might not be so entertaining....
 

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because journalists destroy lives,you might be next and it might not be so entertaining....
Most of can't afford to sue anyway as it stands , and I've don't derive entertainment from the discomfort of others . It'd be nice if crooks weren't able to hide behind their Legal Eagles .
 

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In 2004 Mary Harney sold the entire Irish strategic oil reserve to FIFA.
 

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No
I'm just relieved to hear she didn't consume it all as a smoothie.
 

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The whole point about libel laws is so that village gossip doesn't appear as officially sanctioned gossip in the media.

We all know of a number of bent little c*nts and blatant criminals in Irish politics past and present who quite frankly are owned by people with money.

You don't need to see it spelled out in the pages of the Indo to draw your own conclusions and vote accordingly or give your opinion to someone else in the hope of influencing them away from voting for the criminal.

In fact such matters usually only appear in the papers long after it is generally known that the person concerned is a criminal, inveterate liar or sociopath on the make.

Just as the political 'leaders' are actually only followers the media is quite often the last place to acknowledge just how bent someone happens to be.
 

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Besides, with the exception of those with the word 'Independent' around their status we have a very good system of identifying the suspicious in Irish public life. They generally are marked with the letters 'TD' after their name and are even labelled 'deputy' in the official state records.

Just how many obvious clues do we all need?
 

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There is a valid theory that people in a democracy elect those who most need an eye kept on them which is why they are placed in a position where the public eye is on them.

For those of the nation intelligent enough to read between the lines of the media where no libel can be proven or alleged that should be enough.
 

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The only challenge is to keep them where we can see them and not overpay them to the point where it would be cheaper to keep them in Portlaoise where many of them should actually be.
 

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The Dáil can do it, so why not the rest of us ?

Should we allow one week where anything written in the newspapers or uttered on TV or radio is exempt from libel/slander laws ?

There must be enough true stories out there which are held back by respected journalists due to the threat of litigation.
Were this allowed 20 or 30 years ago, could the church abuse stories have come out earlier ?
Would Haughey's ''Thank you, Big Fella'' emerged at a more pivotal moment ?
Or would mentioning certain shenanigans surrounding the granting of a phone licence have changed the course of recent Irish history ?

Undoubtedly, there would be risks, but would the benefits outweigh any downside ?
mebbe the reporters wouldnt like what lads might say about them???? :):):)
 


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