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Postby tony » Thu Feb 03, 2011 9:48 pm

I was reading this wikipedia article on Censorship in the Republic of Ireland and I noticed the following section:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Censorship ... _Regulator
The Financial Regulator
In July 2009, the Financial Regulator blocked insurers and banks from making any critical statements containing "any references to the Financial Regulator" by means either of "public press statements" or un-approved public references, whether "written or oral."
http://www.independent.ie/business/iris ... 03813.html

The Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Act 2010
This Act was passed by 78-71 in December 2010 in partial response to the 2008–2010 Irish banking crisis. Section 60 provides that the Irish government may apply to the courts for an order made under the Act to be heard in private. Section 59 prohibits anyone from publishing the fact that the minister has made an order or direction under the Act; even publication that such a prohibition order has been made is also an offence under the Act. Days after the Act was passed, an order was sought by minister Brian Lenihan, Jnr and approved allowing a transfer of over €3,700,000,000 into Allied Irish Bank, then an insolvent bank.[8] Two Irish Times reporters were expelled from the court by judge Maureen Clark just before the hearing.

I dont remember much of a fuss being made about this in the media, but i suppose the whole country was imploding and i dont think the Irish media gets too upset about things like this.
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