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Delivering the news: Paperboy Joe Officer makes his way through the rubble to sell Belfast Telegraphs following an explosion at the building in September 1976

Delivering the news: Paperboy Joe Officer makes his way through the rubble to sell Belfast Telegraphs following an explosion at the building in September 1976

Paul Tweed is questioned

Paul Tweed is questioned

Sam McBride is questioned

Sam McBride is questioned

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Delivering the news: Paperboy Joe Officer makes his way through the rubble to sell Belfast Telegraphs following an explosion at the building in September 1976

On Wednesday afternoon, I spent almost two hours at an Assembly committee facing tough questions from MLAs. Lest you worry that McCarthyism has come to Northern Ireland, I went there of my own volition after being invited to give evidence about an area with which I am unfortunately all too conversant.

I made clear that the issue involved has consequences for how I do my job, and would benefit my employer. However, my primary motivation is that it touches on the lives of everyone reading these words because it prevents us from bringing you some of the accurate and forthright journalism you deserve to read.


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