oceanclub writes "Neil of krank.ie has written an article on how Irish politicians are attempting to link "cyber bullying" with political satire in order to silence criticism.
A musical director of a popular chat show in RTE (Ireland's national broadcaster), Jim Sheridan, is a regular and popular tweeter and has a long history of fairly mild photoshop spoofs aimed at politicians of all parties and other tweeters. (Such as this one: http://twitpic.com/br6cl4)
Unfortunately for him, one of the people he lately spoofed was Ronan Mullen, an ultra-Catholic independent senator known for his hardline dogmatic Catholic views on abortion and whose history includes stories of being unpleasant to women who had abortions due to unviable foetuses (http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/mullen-insists-abortion-conversation-entirely-courteous-on-my-side-548672.html#ixzz1sschgSqk) and linking abortion to the Newtown Connecticut massacre (http://www.thejournal.ie/ronan-mullen-abortion-newtown-double-think-721352-Dec2012/).
Today's Irish Independent has reported that both the Irish communications minister, Pat Rabbitte and Mullen himself have condemned Sheridan's photoshops as "offensive" and that someone (unnamed) had complained to Sheridan's employer about him. One of the tweets alleged by Pat Rabbitte to be "dreadful and offensive" is merely "the head of [Ronan Mullen] stuck onto the body of a man wearing nothing but swimming trunks and a large crucifix."
RTE have not yet confirmed if they will take action against Sheridan."
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