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Press Council meeting on Suicide Reporting in the Press

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Posted on: 03-Dec-2008
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A discussion document on issues connected with the reporting of suicide in the press will be the focus of a meeting being organised by the Press Council of Ireland in the Killeshin Hotel, Portlaoise, on Wednesday December 3rd at 8.00 pm.

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Address by Professor John Horgan at launch of "Memoir" by Tim Pat Coogan

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Posted on: 30-Sep-2008
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The launch of a memoir by one of the better known Irish newspaper editors of the twentieth century is,among other things, an occasion to refl ect not only on the past of our newspapers, but on their future.

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Report on public meeting "Suicide and the Press"

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Posted on: 04-Sep-2008
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The role of newspaper coverage in cases of suicide was highlighted at a meeting in Portlaoise on [Wednesday 3rd December] sponsored by the Press Council of Ireland, and which heard contributions from journalists, experts on suicide, and the Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for mental health, Mr. John Molony TD.

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Address by Dr Michael Breen at Public Forum on Crime and the Media

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Posted on: 17-Apr-2008
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“It’s all the politicians’ fault: why don’t they do something.” “It’s all the guards’ fault: they should sort it all out now.” “It’s all the courts’ fault: they should lock them up for life.” “It’s all the media’s fault: if they didn’t glamorize them, these gangs would be seen for the thugs they are.”  

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Address by Professor John Horgan at Public Forum on Crime and Media

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Posted on: 17-Apr-2008
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There is only one brief reference to anything relating to crime in the Code of Practice for Newspapers andPeriodicals, which is the gold standard for the operation both of the Press Council of Ireland and of theOffi ce of the Press Ombudsman. However, this is easy to understand. It doesn’t make any more sense toinclude rules for crime reporting in a general code of practice than it would to include rules about fi nancereporting or sports reporting. At the same time, the coverage of crime provokes a debate which has been going on for many years.

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Extract from Remarks by Prof. John Horgan at Kate OBrien Weekend

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Posted on: 29-Feb-2008
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The creation of the Press Council of Ireland and the Office of the Press Ombudsman is a development that has, it is true, been some time in coming. And its arrival has not been without controversy. The pressing need to reform our laws on defamation was indeed one of the driving forces behind the initiative taken by the print media generally, almost five years ago now, to explore the possibility of setting up a new regulatory system for themselves. That reform is now in train and, although it has not been finalised, it promises to make some significant changes in our libel laws for the first time in almost half a century. This is no small achievement, and both the present Minister for Justice and his immediate predecessor are entitled to credit for it.

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Extract from Remarks by Professor John Horgan to Law & Journalism Society, UCC

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Posted on: 06-Feb-2008
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Independent regulation of the print media in Ireland is basically about managing change. In every generation the print media encounters new challenges. The challenge of the current era is that of accountability and transparency.

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Address by Press Council Chairman at launch of new Office

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Posted on: 09-Jan-2008
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It is my pleasure to welcome you to this special occasion to mark the commencement during the past week of the full operation of the Press Council and Office of Press Ombudsman.

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Address by Press Ombudsman at launch of new Office

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Posted on: 09-Jan-2008
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What we are witnessing here today is something which is part of a world-wide development but which has also, and very properly, a uniquely Irish dimension. In recent years it has increasingly been recognized that the press needed to balance its claims to be the Fourth Estate with actions designed to show that it, too, accepts proper measures of accountability. At a crude level, of course, there has always been accountability in the sense that newspaper reading is not compulsory, and that, particularly in an era when media choices have become so widespread and varied, inadequate newspapers will suffer commercially and may ultimately expire. But this is an over-simplified view. There are issues of standards, of accountability and of journalistic behavior that are not amenable to simple or individual consumer choices.

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Address by Minister Lenihan at official launch of Press Council

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Posted on: 09-Jan-2008
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Members of the Press Council, Press Ombudsman, Ladies and Gentlemen,

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