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Adams scores further victory over Sunday Independent

28 December, 2014 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has scored another victory over the Sunday Independent.

The latest development follows two significant decisions in October by the Press Council to uphold complaints by Mr Adams regarding articles in the Irish Independent and Sunday Independent.

On 19th October the newspaper published a decision of the Press Ombudsman, affirmed by the Press Council on appeal, upholding a complaint by Gerry Adams that statements in an article published on 18th May were in breach of the Code of Practice for Newspapers and Magazines.

Mr Adams subsequently complained that the publication of that decision breached the Code of Practice which states such decisions shall be published with due prominence.

The article of 18th May was published on the Sunday Independent's front page, while the decision of the Press Ombudsman and Press Council was published on Page 17.

The Sunday Independent had offered to publish a statement acknowledging this error but the wording was not acceptable to Mr Adams.

The Press Ombudsman upheld Mr Adams complaint and that decision was published in today's Sunday Independent.

Commenting, Mr Adams said:“The biased and downright offensive nature of Sunday Independent coverage of Sinn Féin and myself in particular is unprecedented in the history of newspapers in this country.

“The latest decision the Press Ombudsman is a significant and positive development which can only be good for fairness and objectivity in political coverage."

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