Tuesday March 31, 2020

Michael McDowell: Public interest not served by publishing Carey accusations

If similar information existed about somebody close to IN&M management or staff, would it be published?

15th November, 2015
Former minister Pat Carey’s name was last week linked to allegations of sex abuse, which he deniesRollingnews.ie

The right to privacy and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty apply as constitutional norms to all citizens. There are times when the public’s right to know can legitimately come into conflict with those norms, and striking the balance can be difficult by times.

But what unfolded for Pat Carey after the decision by Independent News & Media to publish the details of allegations surrounding an un-named former minister had a very...

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