Ó Snodaigh expresses concerns over Press Ombudsman's ability to regulate industry
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has given a qualified welcome to the establishment of a new Press Ombudsman. Speaking today, as Dr. John Horgan was appointed as the Irish media’s first Press Ombudsman, Deputy Ó Snodaigh said Sinn Féin is not overly optimistic about the new Ombudsman’s capacity to regulate the industry because of the media’s powerful position on the Press Council.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, “I want to give a qualified welcome to the appointment of the Irish media’s first Press Ombudsman. Very low standards of reporting by some of the media in this State are spreading and must be challenged.
“However, Sinn Féin is not overly optimistic about the new Ombudsman’s capacity to regulate the industry because of the media’s powerful position on the Press Council and there is a danger that they are being left to voluntarily regulate themselves.
“What we need to see is the introduction of primary legislation to effectively protect the rights of individuals and organisations to be free from media slurs and invasions of privacy. We in Sinn Féin are all too aware of the slanderous elements within the Irish media.” CRÍOCH