The Committee: Political Assassination in Northern Ireland

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Roberts Rinehart Publishers, 1998 - History - 418 pages
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In 1991 Sean McPhilemy produced "The Committee, " a sensational documentary for British television that revealed that a group in Northern Ireland - drawn from the Unionist members of the business community, Protestant clergy, the police (RUC), and the British security forces - was systematically colluding with Loyalist terrorists to murder Irish Republicans and other Irish Nationalists. The documentary contained exclusive firsthand testimony of a member of the Loyalist committee responsible for the murders. This source provided a detailed account of how various assassinations had been planned and carried out. The broadcast of "The Committee" resulted in highly publicized legal proceedings in the High Court in London when the British Conservative government tried unsuccessfully to force the program makers to identify their source. Since the broadcast of his documentary, McPhilemy has struggled to protect his reputation in the face of various legal actions against him over the program. Harassed by British authorities and his life threatened, he has brought two libel actions against newspapers in London that sought to discredit him, and thus far has won one of these actions. The Committee gives a full account of the murder conspiracy, the making of the documentary, the subsequent legal proceedings and, even more importantly, additional evidence that substantiates the original allegations. In the meantime, the Committee allegedly continues to operate with impunity - and Loyalist terrorists carry on the killing.

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While McPhilemy is somewhat discredited following the outcome of the Prentice case the book should remain interesting for any open-minded observers of the recent conflict in the North of Ireland during the Troubles. Read full review

The committee: political assassination in northern Ireland

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McPhilemy is a TV producer for England's Box Productions whose documentary The Committee aired in 1991. Based initially on an informant's leaks, it described a secret 60-member council in Northern ... Read full review


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About the author (1998)

McPhilemy has been a journalist and television producer in London for over 20 years. The documentaries made by his company, Box Productions, have won top awards including the Gold Medal at the Tokyo Film Festival in 1993.

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