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Paul Murphy: Solidarity TD had appealed initial decision to the Press Council on the grounds that new information had become available and there had been an error in the Ombudsman’s application of the principles of the code of practice. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

A complaint by Solidarity TD Paul Murphy TD over an article by Miriam Lord in The Irish Times has not been upheld by the Press Ombudsman. The article(...)

Press Council chair Seán Donlon: more than 50 per cent of Irish people now receive their news via social media, Mr Donlon told a meeting of the Association of European Journalists in Dublin. Photograph: Dave Meehan

The press in Ireland is threatened today as never before, the chair of the Press Council, Seán Donlon, has said. Addressing a meeting of the Associat(...)

Kevin Myers at launch of his book last year. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

One third of people who contacted the Press Ombudsman this week in relation to controversial columnist Kevin Myers were complaining about him being fi(...)

Kevin Myers was sacked as a ‘Sunday Times’ columnist following a recent article. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

A review by the Sunday Times in London as to how the controversial column by journalist Kevin Myers came to be published is expected to be completed l(...)

Social media are not subject to regulation. Photograph: Istock

If social media companies do not develop a system of independent regulation for the content they host, then governments will have to step in and make (...)

Hate speech: the justice commissioner, Vera Jourova, said the proportion of offending items taken down had doubled. Photograph: Olivier Hoslet/EPA

When EU justice ministers sit down to lunch on Friday in Luxembourg they will have an informal discussion about how the European Union should step up (...)

Press Ombudsman Peter Feeney with Minister or Communications Denis Naughten and   Press Council of Ireland chairman Sean Donlon  at the  launch of the Press Council of Ireland Annual Report 2016. Photograph Brenda Fitzsimmons

Press freedom in Ireland is threatened by the relentless growth of social media and by the disproportionately large financial awards made against news(...)

There will be politicians all too quick to dismiss the series of articles in The Irish Times this week urging reform of the Defamation Act as no more (...)

The online defamation regime is confusing and inequitable.

When the then government in 2009 brought in a reform of our defamation legislation it was hoped that those aggrieved – too often, rightly – by newspap(...)

Facebook and other companies obdurately resisted any suggestion they were anything other than neutral providers of a technical service. Now they exhibit a grudging acknowledgment they are in effect media companies. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

When Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and her colleagues consider the submissions made to her review of the 2009 Defamation Act, they surely ca(...)

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