initially featured on The Broken Elbow on 19 February 2014.Ed Moloney with a piece in support of Niall O'Dowd who is facing the threat of libel bullying. It
Thebrokenelbow.com hereby declares its support for Niall O’Dowd in his efforts to resist attempts to censor or close down his site, Irish Central, or parts of it, over an article alleging gross overpayment to the head of an Irish charity.
This site strongly believes in the First Amendment right of free
publication of information judged to be in the public interest and it
does so despite the fact that Mr O’Dowd has not only failed to support
our campaign against the PSNI and US government’s attempts to subpoena
the Boston College oral history archive but has attacked myself and the
researchers for their involvement in that project.
The efforts to subpoena the archive will have a chilling effect on
attempts by others to collect the truth about what happened during the
Troubles in Northern Ireland, a consequence that the PSNI must have been
aware of when they embarked on this course.
In effect the PSNI, along with their allies in the US and UK
government were and are attempting to censor the free collection of
truth and history concerning the Troubles in Northern Ireland and that
is why this site expresses common cause with Niall O’Dowd.
We do not expect the owner of Irish Central to reciprocate and
announce his conversion to our cause but what is happening to him may
afford him the opportunity to reflect upon the reality that when the
democratic rights of one party are threatened then the rights of all are
put in peril, and when the rights of one party are defended then the
rights of all are being safeguarded.
In such circumstances, the Pastor Niemoller doctrine
demands the maximum solidarity and unity; when one outlet is menaced or
silenced then all are threatened. Niall O’Dowd is learning that lesson
right now, the hard way. A pity he hadn’t recognised this truth much