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The Irish And British News Media, And The Bloody Sunday Massacre

The Irish press is giving ample coverage to the disappointing decision by the authorities in the United Kingdom to prosecute only one former member of the British Army’s notorious Parachute Regiment for his participation in the Bloody Sunday Massacre of January 1972, when soldiers attacked a civil rights rally in the city of Derry, killing fourteen men and boys. As expected, the news media in the UK itself is doing its best to defend the reputation of its Armed Forces and its thirty-year “dirty war” in Ireland, glossing over the criminal record of the “Paras” established several months before the events in Derry during the Ballymurphy Massacre of August 1971, when the unit murdered eleven people in Belfast, including a Catholic priest. Judging by the newspaper articles published today in Britain and elsewhere, the Ministry of Defence and the supporters of the military have done an excellent job of briefing the media in London and Dublin. Or the press agencies that feed them.

Meanwhile, from the centre-left Guardian newspaper:

As well as the 13 who died on the day, 15 others were shot and injured. One of the injured died months later from an inoperable tumour; some consider him the 14th fatality.

The right-wing Daily Mail:

As well as the 13 who died, a total of 15 others were shot and injured. One of the injured died months later from an inoperable tumour and some consider him the 14th fatality.

The Examiner in Ireland:

As well as the 13 who died on the day, 15 others were shot and injured. One of the injured died months later from an inoperable tumour and some consider him the 14th fatality.

The “Irish” Mirror:

As well as the 13 who died, 15 others were shot and injured. One of the injured died months later from an inoperable tumour and some consider him the 14th fatality.

Extra.ie:

As well as the 13 who died, a total of 15 others were shot and injured. One of the injured died months later from an inoperable tumour and some consider him the 14th fatality.

A diverse and pluralist press, hey?

10 comments on “The Irish And British News Media, And The Bloody Sunday Massacre

  1. Shame on the Examiner, thought they were better than that.

  2. Compare to Tuairisc.ie who obviously did their own work on it:

    Fuair duine amháin eile bás ina dhiaidh sin de thoradh na gortuithe a fuair sé.
    (one other person died afterwards as a result of the injuries he suffered)

  3. ‘Bloody Sunday a job well done and not all victims innocent,’ says ex-Parachute Regiment soldier-Belfast Telegraph ,6th March. Not enough evidence? there was enough film from that day showing soldiers shooting people. The insensitive Prick, Gavin Williamson
    “We are indebted to those soldiers who served with courage and distinction to bring peace to Northern Ireland.”The welfare of our former service personnel is of the utmost importance and we will offer full legal and pastoral support to the individual affected by today’s decision. This includes funding all his legal costs and providing welfare support.”The Ministry of Defence is working across Government to drive through a new package of safeguards to ensure our armed forces are not unfairly treated.
    Just shows the continued rise of the grand Imperial hubris and Gung – Ho of the moronic Tory class.

    • Oftentimes, people will say that sort of thing largely to avoid any remorse for having taken life, and/or as a sort of “unwritten rule” with their comrades that says if you do feel guilty for having taken a life, you keep it to yourself as a way not to make others feel that way. This sort of praising the mission is often how people would react if they regret killing, but not the political objective per se.

      Of course, adults are responsible for saying such things in public, especially when they probably could have gotten away with a more amorphous or politically neutral statement to the press…..I’m not trying to paint these guys as blameless at all.

      However, the psychology is often more one of thinly veiled remorse, rather than boundless hubris. At least I’ve seen that sort of thing in people………take it for what it’s worth.

  4. Jesus. That’s depressing ASF.

  5. Pat Murphy.

    Why have you not published my comment,again.?.

    • Because the case is now sub judice in the Six Counties and some comments might adversely effect the outcome of the trial or be used to challenge the holding of the trial in the first place. That, apparently, is already underway with the lawyers for the defendant trawling the internet for comments, post, tweets etc. that can be used to request no trial.

      • Pat Murphy.

        Fair enough. No doubt they will find some excuse without my help.

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