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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Gag Order on RTÉ... WFT?

When I wrote about the sudden appearance of naked portraits of the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, I had no idea of the stupidity that was to follow. Now it turns out that

1. A gag order has been placed on RTÉ concerning the incident and they have now issued an apology "for any personal offence caused to Mr. Cowen or his family and for any disrespect shown to the office of the Taoiseach by our broadcast".

2. The Gardai have questioned the artist, Conor Casby concerning possible charges such as incitement to hatred.

Now since it isn't April 1st yet, then I can assume that this isn't an April Fool's Day joke. Yet I'm sure that anyone sane who reads this story is considering Ireland to be fairly flipping hilarious right now. Instead of fixing our sinking economy or helping reassure the ever-increasing umemployed, we are persecuting an artist and gagging the national broadcaster.

Right now though, I'm more annoyed with RTÉ for bending over and taking it from the hiney from behind. Independent journalism me hole.

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