UK news Guardian issues apology to Mairia Cahill over articles questioning motives for going public about sexual abuse last news
PremierLeague-News.Com - The Guardian newspaper has published a formal apology and paid damages to Belfast woman Mairia Cahill over articles it published in 2014 which questioned her motives in going public about her sexual abuse at the hands of an IRA man, and her subsequent treatment by the terror organisation in the aftermath of the abuse.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "The Guardian newspaper has published a formal apology and paid damages to Belfast woman Mairia Cahill over articles it published in 2014 which questioned her motives in going public about her sexual abuse at the hands of an IRA man, and her subsequent treatment by the terror organisation in the aftermath of the abuse. Ms Cahill was 16 at the time the abuse took place.The articles were written by Roy Greenslade, a prominent Fleet St journalist and former editor of the Daily Mirror. Earlier this year, he also admitted that he was a secret supporter of the Provisional IRA, and believed its terror campaign was justified.He had also written under a pseudonym for the republican propaganda paper An Phoblacht/Republican News during the Troubles.In its apology published yesterday, the Guardian said: "In October and November 2014, the Guardian published two articles by Roy Greenslade entitled BBC programme on IRA rape allegations flawed by lack of political balance and Demonisation of Gerry Adams a consequence of Ireland’s ‘media bubble’, which remained on its website until 14 March 2021."These opinion pieces criticised a BBC Spotlight NI programme which featured the sexual abuse of Mairia Cahill in the late 1990s, when she was 16, and questioned Ms Cahill’s possible political agenda in going public with her story. Mr Greenslade failed to disclose his support for the Provisional IRA and the Guardian now acknowledges that the articles cast doubt on the motivations of Ms Cahill and apologises for the distress which was caused to her.”Last night, Ms Cahill - a former irish Senator - said she wanted to ensure that no one else ever had to go through what she had endured.“Waiving anonymity as a child abuse victim was not an easy decision for me, but I did so to ensure that people would know what happened = and the coverage of my treatment truant as an abuse victim also traumatised by the republican movement would mean my treatment would be less likely to happen to anyone else.
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."Their bravery in the face of the treatment that I received from some quarters once I went public cannot be underestimated.The west Belfast woman thanked everyone who had supported her in the years since she went public about her ordeal.“At the time of Greenslade’s blog, other journalists challenged the Guardian publicly, and I am grateful to them for that. I am also grateful to all the journalists who covered the case, gave me space to raise the issue or write, politicians and others who raised my case, sent messages and family and friends who supported me.“ I will continue to campaign on sexual and domestic abuse , and engage with people across all communities in Northern Ireland to end the harm caused by paramilitary violence in order t make it a better place to live - so that no child will hopefully ever be in the position I was in the formative years of my life, again.”First Minister Arlene Foster also tweeted her support: "Really pleased for Mairia Cahill. It’s been a long road. Online trolls whatever their platforms must be called out,” the Fermanagh MLA wrote."
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