Independent group forced to apologise to Gerry Adams
Sinn Fein Leader Gerry Adams has welcomed two significant decisions by the Press Council to uphold complaints regarding articles about him in the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent.On 17th May, the Independent claimed Gerry Adams had attempted to “gag” the newspaper.
The Sinn Fein President said the article was based on an “unfounded accusation” against him and the Press Ombudsman agreed. An appeal by the Independent to the Press Council was rejected.
The Press Ombudsman also upheld complaints by Gerry Adams that statements in an article about him in the Sunday Independent on 18 May 2014, were in breach of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines. Again, an appeal by the Sunday Independent to the Press Council was rejected.
Welcoming the decisions Mr Adams said:
“As everyone knows, the Independent Group of newspapers has for many years had a profound bias against Sinn Fein as a political party and against me as an individual.
“This is reflected in the most offensive terms week-in, week out in these newspapers. This has been bad for journalism and bad for politics.
“I believe the decisions of the Press Ombudsman which have now been upheld by the Press Council are a significant step forward in curbing unfair, politically biased and discriminatory coverage in the Irish media.”