“Denounced by right-wing press and politicians as the ‘IRA’s best friend’, the BBC had to walk a fine line between reporting events and being seen as a vehicle for IRA propaganda” writes Prof Robert Savage, a lecturer in Irish, British and European history at Boston College, US.

Prof Savage is the latest guest writer to an ongoing series on the 35th anniversary of the hunger strike published by the Irish Times over the past few months. The full list of past and future features can be found here.