Grave Concern at Comments Made by Gerry Adams

The National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) is gravely concerned about comments made by Mr Gerry Adams last week regarding the holding of a national newspaper editor at gun point.

Vincent Crowley, chairman NNI said “Mr Adams remarks – whilst apparently in jest – were not only wholly insensitive, particularly in the context of journalists that have lost their lives in the course of their work, but demonstrate a lack of understanding of the role of a free press as a vital bulwark of a healthy democracy.

“Whilst a free press may sometimes make uncomfortable reading for politicians and others, it remains the indispensable means of keeping the public informed and holding those in positions of power accountable.

“For those, like Mr Adams, who wish to complain about a newspaper article, the Office of Press Ombudsman and Press Council of Ireland is the appropriate independent forum.”