A spokesperson for prisoner support group Cogus said Hughes had been told it was due to the “outline of an old 50s rifle” on the cover.Other items which have recently been banned include the DVD of the historical documentary ’66 days’ on the 1981 hunger strike.Those targeted had been engaged in normal political activity, highlighting national issues such as internment and the homelessness crisis, as well as local issues like road safety.“Several of the activists targeted yesterday are vocal in their condemnation of the 26 county administration,” Saoradh said.Mr Mc Carthy has called for staff at Maghaberry to use search technology instead of subjecting prisoners to full body strip searches, which he has described as cruel. Posted by Jim on In a series of early morning raids in Dublin this week, eight republicans and their families were subjected to armed police forcing entry to their homes.One home targeted by armed and masked men was occupied by a woman and her two 12 year old daughters.Saoradh estimated the number of Gardai involved in these raids is 60.
A committee of the Dublin parliament and a number of human rights groups have also raised concerns about the practice of strip-searching at Maghaberry.
They said: “This prohibition outlines a deeper agenda in which the prison administration still harbours a closed mindset that refuses to acknowledge any narrative but their own regarding the hunger strike of 1981, and furthermore shows the lengths that the administration wil go to censor a different narrative”.
‘ANTI-BRITISH’ Meanwhile, a Cork County councillor has been branded “anti-British” by unionists following his motion that the local authority oppose the extradition of Irish prisoners to the North of Ireland due to the practice of full-body strip searching at Maghaberry prison.
The former Sinn Fein councillor had a motion passed by Cork County Council opposing the brutal practice last month.
The motion has been criticised in the North with Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister saying it is “cloaked in a diatribe of anti-British rhetoric”.