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Melanie Verwoerd: O’Reilly criticised over South African venture

New book makes scathing claims about the mogul’s South African activities

24th January, 2016
Tony O'Reilly

Veteran political journalist John Matisonn’s recently-published book God, Spies and Lies tells the story of the Irish takeover of the biggest English-language newspaper group in South Africa, and accuses Tony O’Reilly of taking money from the company in order to cross-subsidise losses in Dublin and London.

“It is the use of the profits for lavish parties and entertainment that has really annoyed many South Africans. As in classic anti-colonial theory, the...

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