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Urgent statement needed by Denis O’Brien on data breach – Lynn Boylan MEP

9 April, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Fein MEP, Lynn Boylan is calling on Denis O’Brien to immediately make a public statement in relation to serious data breaches at Independent News and Media.

The Dublin MEP said: 

“Denis O'Brien must make a public statement as to why a company, Blaydon Limited paid IT companies to carry out a data interrogation of the electronic records of journalists and others at INM.

“Mr O’Brien is a man who is incredibly protective of his own privacy and has taken extraordinary measures to protect that privacy. 

"Yet here we have a situation where it appears that he has played a role in what has the potential to be the biggest data breach in the history of the State.“

Regarding the impact on employees and journalists Boylan continued:

“The fact that this data breach was carried out on journalists is deeply concerning, the integrity and safety of journalists is undeniably linked to their privacy and ability to protect their sources.  

“Denis O’Brien has already taken numerous legal cases against media organisations not to mention the regular threats of legal action. 

"He has been reported as having a chilling effect on news gathering and reporting in the public interest, he needs to now come clean as to the extent of his role, if any, in this  attack on journalists and employees of Independent News and Media.”

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