Bombshell editor Roy Greenslade doubted IRA ‘rape victim’ in newspaper article

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By Jack Elsom and James Robinson for MailOnline

A former Fleet Street editor sparked further outrage last night as he tried to defend his comments about his long-standing covert support for the IRA.

The former Guardian columnist today claimed he had done ‘nothing more than dozens of journalists who keep their political views to themselves’ by sympathizing with atrocities committed by paramilitary forces.

It comes after the former Daily Mirror editor resigned as Honorary Visiting Professor of Journalism at City, University of London yesterday following a backlash from much of the industry and families of IRA victims.

But his attempts to defend his remarks today sparked further fury from industry chiefs, who called his comments ‘completely reprehensible’.

Toby Granville, editorial director of local news publisher Newsquest, said the remarks were “completely reprehensible”.

In a post on Twitter, he said: “Roy Greenslade’s claims that ‘dozens of journalists’ covertly support terrorism just like him are totally reprehensible and an insult to our industry.”

Previous articles by Roy Greenslade must now be ‘treated with suspicion’ and viewed through the lens of his long-time support of the IRA, critics urged today

The former Guardian columnist claimed today that he

The former Guardian columnist today claimed he ‘has done nothing more than dozens of journalists who keep their political views to themselves’ in sympathizing with atrocities committed by paramilitary forces. Pictured: The scene of an IRA bombing in Downing Street in 1991

Mr. Graville’s comments were made on social media and referred to a Press Gazette article.

The journalism industry news website spoke to Mr Greenslade after he revealed his support for the IRA earlier this week in the British Journalism Review.

Asked if his views on terrorism disqualified him from teaching ethics, Mr Greenslade said: ‘The furor underscores the main point of my article: to have been clear in the 1970s with my beliefs would have rendered unemployable.”

“I have done nothing more than the dozens of journalists who keep their political opinions to themselves.

“My opinions have not affected my work as a journalist, nor have they affected my university teaching.”

It comes as the father of a 12-year-old IRA bomb victim also criticized Mr Greenslade for his comments.

Colin Parry’s son was killed in the 1993 Warrington bombing – which saw the IRA plant bombs in two high street bins. Three-year-old Tim and Johnathan Ball died as a result of the explosions.

Mr Parry, who went on to start a peace foundation in the name of the two children and was awarded an OBE for his work, condemned Mr Greenslade’s comments.

Colin Parry's son Tim was killed in the 1993 Warrington bombing when the IRA planted bombs in street bins.  Three-year-old Tim and Johnathan Ball died as a result

Colin Parry’s son Tim was killed in the 1993 Warrington bombing when the IRA planted bombs in street bins. Three-year-old Tim and Johnathan Ball died as a result

In a post on Twitter, he said: “Supporting Irish republicanism is a political choice, but his support for the IRA’s campaign of violence has led to the murder of many non-combatants like my 12-year-old son, Tim.

“I find this inexcusable and despicable.

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