|Sunday World editor, Jim McDowell|
The article by Jim McDowell features on page 1 and then again on pages 4 and 5. It is certainly big on space, spread over three pages, but like many Sunday World articles, there is really no substance to it.
The Sunday World remained an outlet for WP [Workers' Party] publicity and its populist analysis of the political situation was often in line with the party's positions. The paper steered clear of any reference to the actvities of Group B [Official IRA], but its exposes of criminal activity by other loyalist and republican paramilitaries was not without its costs: its Northern editor, Jim Campbell, was badly wounded in a UVF shooting in May 1984.
As regards the staff 'who still work for this newspaper', I did not mention them. As stated above there was a period where the Workers' Party had strong influence in the Sunday World, as indeed it had a strong influence in some other sections of the media.
It seems that for Jim McDowell it is perfectly acceptable to scrutinise other areas of society but unacceptable to ask questions or report facts about the media. That is a very dangerous line for any society to follow. Moreover I am not aware of anyone else taking that line. Down through the years I have read many articles about the influence of the Workers' Party in the media, both print and broadcast media.
The Sunday World specialises in writing about the activities of paramilitaries and has always done so but in the period where there was a strong WP influence in the paper it did ignore the criminal activities of the Official IRA, the paramilitary and fund-raising wing of the Workers' Party .. and that's a FACT.
Of course the murder of Martin O'Hagan was wrong and the perpetrators of every murder must be held to account but that does not mean that the Sunday World should be immune from scrutiny.