Broadcasting Ban

Broadcasting Ban

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Location

Belfast, London

Year

1988

Source

UTV

Format

film

colour

Length

02min 28sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

UTV

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UTV

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Description

A ban on interviews with individuals associated with terrorist groups was introduced in 1988. A similar ban had been in existence for 20 years in the Republic of Ireland.

Notes

The British government introduced broadcasting restrictions on those organisations proscribed in Northern Ireland and Britain. Douglas Hurd, then British Home Secretary, announced restrictions on the broadcasting of direct statements by members of specific proscribed organisations. The organisations affected were: Sinn Fein (SF), Republican Sinn Fein (RSF) and the Ulster Defense Association (UDA). The restrictions also applied to individuals who were canvassing support for the named organisations. Media organisations eventually used a number of methods to try to overcome the effects of the ban. One approach was to employ actors to mimic the voices of those being interviewed.' Source: CAIN website http://cain.ulst.ac.uk

Shot List

News item on the introduction of a broadcasting ban by the Home Secretary Douglas Hurd. Paddy Ashdown's reaction to the ban. Details of how the ban is to be implemented, details of Prevention of Terrorism Act, Broadcasting Act and BBC License and Agreement. RTE describing a similar ban which had been in place in the Republic for 20 years. See notes for further details.

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