Friday, May 06, 2005

Yesterday ten minuets after he was released from Mountjoy Prison in Dublin Mark Byrne was shot dead. The killing took place in broad daylight in a residential area of Dublin City. This killing will bring to seven the number of fatal shootings in the Republic of Ireland since March.

Today’s edition of the Irish Independent newspaper has a front page photo of Mark Byrne lying dead on the ground. By his side is an unidentifiable individual. It may be the state coroner, it may be an investigating policeman.

My point is this, where is the dignity in death? Is it really necessary in reporting the story to print a photograph of Mark Byrne? Does the selling of Irish Independent newspapers have to rely of such morbid sensationalism?

Does the content of the Irish Independent accurately reflect the mores and values of its owners?

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