National Union of Journalist criticise 'incomplete' BAI report

The National Union of Journalists has said that it is not satisfied with aspects of an investigation by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland into an RTÉ 'Prime Time Investigates' programme.

Yesterday, the BAI fined the State broadcaster €200,000 over the 'Mission to Prey' programme, which falsely accused Fr Kevin Reynolds of raping a minor in Africa.

The NUJ said that it does not accept many of the conclusions reached in the BAI's report, and has called on the authority to publish its submission on the issue.

NUJ Secretary Seamus Dooley said that the BAI's report is incomplete.

"The report suggests that the legal department in RTÉ were only aware of the programme two weeks beforehand - that is simply factually incorrect," he said.

"There is also reference, repeated reference, to the inexperience of Ms Kavanagh - in fact Ms Kavanagh is an extremely experienced reported, but was working on her first Prime Time Investigates programme."


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