Our rights are denied, complains Ger Colleran, editor of the Irish Daily Star.
What rights do you suppose he’s talking about? Is it his right to freedom of expression?
Freedom of association?
Freedom of movement?
Not that either.
What Colleran is complaining about is this. Jean Treacy, a witness in the Eamonn Lillis murder trial, was allowed to leave the newly-built courthouse by a back door, depriving the news photographers of an opportunity to take her picture.
This, in Colleran’s view, is a denial of his rights. His rights!
In a spectacular display of pomposity, he spoke on the lunchtime news about the media’s right to report the conduct of a trial and the public’s right to see justice conducted in the open.
This is how detached from reality the people in the comic-press have become. They think they matter. They believe that somehow a publication obsessed with raddled old strippers and alcoholic footballers has a contribution to make in grown-up matters.
In the world inhabited by Ger Colleran, such rights extend to taking pictures of a woman in the street. In Colleran’s world, justice isn’t simply taking place within the courtrom, but also in the street where his dogs prowl with their cameras at the ready. This woman was charged with nothing, convicted of nothing and has done nothing wrong. Yet, in Ger Colleran’s opinion, she must submit to his will so that he can pander to slack-jawed curiosity and sell more copies of his comic.
This is what Ger Colleran considers to be justice. He believes that his tabloid is in some way important to civil society, and not simply a thing used by breakfast-roll man to look up the soccer results and the horseracing.
That sort of self-importance marks Ger Colleran out as a spectacular but not uncommon, fool.
Note to Ger Colleran and Daily Star empoyees commenting here:
The trial is being heard in public. Anyone can attend.
You are not important. Your pictures are not part of the trial. They have nothing to do with the administration of justice. They are simply titillation for your idiot readership. Get a grip.