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The BBC's Irish troublesTelevision, conflict and Northern Ireland$
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Robert Savage

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719087332

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719087332.001.0001

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Roy Mason, the BBC and the ‘Second Battle of Culloden’

Roy Mason, the BBC and the ‘Second Battle of Culloden’

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The BBC's Irish troubles

Robert J. Savage

Manchester University Press

This chapter considers BBC reporting on the work of the security services in Northern Ireland between 1976 and the fall of the Labour Government in 1979. It addresses the tenure of Northern Ireland Secretary of State Roy Mason and considers his aggressive tactic in trying to defeat the IRA. Particular attention is paid to programmes that criticised British security policy, especially the interrogation techniques which were widely condemned as cruel and degrading. The role of television in undermining British policy is considered.

Keywords:   Roy Mason, Torture, Internment, Royal Ulster Constabulary, British Army, Prison, Amnesty International, Thames Television, Labour Government, Censorship

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