Publish and be damned? You will if you try in Ireland. No constitutional right to free speech and a libel system weighted heavily against the Press. This in a country which shed blood for its independence.
reverseferret appaluds a petition which needs your support and has started life in the dry dusuty comment pages of a broadsheet but by a tabloid, the Irish Daily Mail. And the newspaper appears not be sniping over not being able to reveal the latest lovenest or salacious scandal but for the right for the people of Ireland to discuss openly the pros and cons of gay marriage without fear of Sue, Grabbit &Runne reaching for the quill and ink and demanding a fat cheque.
As the petition says:
”As the recent RTE ‘homophobia’ payout has shown, Ireland’s defamation laws are deeply repressive, muzzling the media and acting as a form of censorship by the rich and powerful. Introducing American defamation laws would guarantee everyone’s right to speak freely on matters of public importance while protecting private citizens.”
We can all quote Voltaire and in the US, freedom of speech is a given, but spare a thought for our friends in Ireland.
After all: If freedom means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.
Or as Ireland’s famous victim of defamation, Oscar Wilde, once said:
‘I may not agree with you, but I will defend to the death your right to make an ass of yourself’