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McGuinness challenges scandalous BBC attack

13 July, 2003

Commenting on tonight's Panorama programme Sinn Féin MP Martin Mc Guinness said that the scandalous attack on his character has no basis in fact and is entirely without foundation.

Mr Mc Guinness said:

"The substance of Panorama's programme is entirely false. My legal representatives have already been in contact with the programme makers and have refuted in the most forthright terms these groundless allegations. I am now considering my legal options in this regard.

"This type of political bias and black propaganda targetting of Sinn Féin in general and the Sinn Fein leadership in particular has stretched back over many years and comes as no surprise to Irish Republicans. But in the context of the Peace Process, in which Sinn Fein has been central, the motivation for this type of black propaganda has to be questioned by responsible journalists." ENDS

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