[Sinn Fein]

16th September 2002

Reid challenged on right to information

Sinn Fein Chairperson Mitchel McLaughlin has challenged the British Secretary of State John Reid to `practice what he preaches'. Mr. McLaughlin's remarks come after comments by Mr. Reid this morning when he claimed a ceasefire auditor was required as people had a right to detailed and accurate information.

Mr. McLaughlin said:

``Dr. Reid this morning defended people's right to receive accurate information as a basis for his defence of the ceasefire auditor proposal. I would challenge Mr. Reid to practice what he preaches.

``If he is concerned about the publics right to information then let him publish the Stevens, Stalker and Samson reports. Let him publish the details of the killing of Pat Finucane. Let him publish the forensic histories of the weapons used in recent loyalist killings.

``Up to this point when dealing with reports into the activities of the RUC or other Crown Forces under his control, who are not on cessation, secrecy and silence have been the guiding principles.''

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