Saturday, 22 June 2013

Another error from the Irish News

I have not been blogging for the past few weeks.  I have been working on a particular project that has taken up a lot of time and there are only 24 hours in the day!  However I am now back again blogging and want to pick up on an article in the Irish News today.  It is another example of the poor standard of journalism in Ulster.
Irish News journalist Connla Young started his report on the Tour of the North with this paragraph:
Nationalist residents have reacted angrily after claims that bands taking part in the Tour of the North parade broke a Parades Commission ruling not to play music while passing St Patrick's Church last night.
In fact the determination by the Parades Commission was that the bands should play hymns while passing St Patrick's Roman Catholic Church, not that they should play no music.  The determination was that they should play hymns and indeed that is exactly what all the bands did.
A single paragraph, the first paragraph in the report and yet Connla Young got it totally wrong!

Responsible journalism should be accurate journalism.

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