The magazine "In Dublin" has been banned for six months by the Censorship of Publications Board. An official of the board said the ban was issued on the grounds that the magazine was found to have been usually or frequently indecent or obscene. The National Union of Journalists has condemned the banning, which went into effect yesterday. The magazine's publisher said a publication with similar content, called “Dublin”, is expected to appear today.
The entertainment listings magazine “In Dublin” has appeared every fortnight on the streets of the capital for 23 years. However, following complaints from the public it has now been banned for 6 months by the Censorship of Publications Board with immediate effect. It is believed that the source of the complaints was not the magazine’s editorial content but advertisements for brothels posing as health studios. However, there is no suggestion that the magazine's publishers were aware that some of their advertisers were offering sexual favours for money.
The censorship board would not comment directly on why they made their decision. However, Mike Hogan the magazine's publisher, has vowed to fight this case all the way through the court system and will appeal the ban to the High Court next Wednesday. Mr James Ridge, of the Censorship board said he was precluded from commenting on the case, because of the expected appeal.