Media Watchdog – Irish Media Reporting of Bloody Sunday Commemorations (1920)

As opposed to Bloody Sunday 1972 in Derry. The bitter irony is that 14 innocent civilians were also executed by British crowned forces in Derry on 30 January 1972.


The Irish state broadcaster, RTE, report; 14 civilians killed by crowned forces during a Dublin-Tipperary challenge match on 21 November 1920.”

They omit that these “crowned forces” were in fact “British crowned forces”. Why did RTE do this? Of course in the Dublin of 1920 the crowned forces are unlikely to be Spanish or Chinese, but why the omission? Would it not have been more candid to describe them as “the British forces” or “British agents”? That is after all who committed this war crime.

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