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Fighting The Censors

Censorship - the suppression by authority of material considered immoral, heretical, subversive, libelous, damaging to state security, or otherwise offensive. It is generally more stringent under totalitarian or strongly religious regimes and in wartime. (The Hutchinson Encyclopedia)

Ryan McKinney • June 26 2003

For many years any attempt to tell the truth of what was happening in the north of Ireland was strangled, ‘D’ Notices and state censorship were directed at preventing the very same republicans who now try to stifle debate and discussion from reaching a much wider audience. It is ironic that those who protested bitterly at Section 31 now attempt to control the way we think and attempt to silence those who seek to influence our opinions. It is hypocritical in the extreme that those who fought the type of censorship imposed by British imperialism now seek to suppress the views of their former comrades.

That we now find those who only a few weeks ago demonstrated for democracy on one hand stifling real debate and criticism with the other is an example of exactly why this debate is required. The Blanket, Patrick and Eamon are considered subversive and dangerous not as much by the state as by those who want the strategy of Sinn Fein to prevail. The logic is clear; at all costs the Sinn Fein leadership want to convince us that the last 30 years was worth it. We have a right to question this and to debate it whether in the pages of the Echo, the Andytown News or the Blanket.

The truth is an essential tool in our continued struggle. Sinn Fein’s US friends do not have a more benign version of imperialism than the British, we must not align ourselves with the likes of Sean Finlay who supports the continued oppression of our brothers and sisters around the world. Patrick and Eamon have been honorable in their refusal to bend to his will and seek out the truth, which we need to arm ourselves with.

We need more honest, incorruptible journalists like Patrick Farrelly and Eamon Lynch.

The author writes on behalf of the Northern Committee Socialist Workers Party











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27 June 2003


Other Articles From This Issue:


Dome of Deceit
Anthony McIntyre


Leave Them Be
Tommy McKearney


Fighting the Censors
Ryan McKinney


Pedro Albizu Campos and Irish Republicanism

Aoife Rivera Serrano


Sectarian Stereotypes
Liam O Ruairc


What Price Pretense?

Eoghan O’Suilleabhain


Pobal na h-Eireann Manifesto
Sean Mac Eochaidh


22 June 2003


Censorship at the Irish Echo
Patrick Farrelly and Eamon Lynch


The Pen Mightier Than the Sword
Mick Hall


The House that Who Built?
Anthony McIntyre


Angrytown News Responds

Jimmy Sands


Pedro Albizu Campos

Aoife Rivera Serrano


Ernesto Guevara
Liam O Ruairc


Motion Passed
Na Fianna Éireann




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