Articles tagged: freedom of speech

Freedom of speech – Sri Lankan style

October 25, 2009

Earlier this year the world’s media were largely banned from reporting in the North and East of Sri Lanka, with poignant echoes of Israel’s stance in Gaza. Some of us – mea culpa – believed the government when they claimed that it was largely for the safety of journalists and to avoid fanning the flickering flames of Tamil Tiger (LTTE) resistance – mea culpa. Unfortunately, murdering journalists and intimidating others achieves the polar opposite effect. Here is an article from Australian newspaper “The Age” which alleges serious abuse of human... More

You never hear about ‘aiding and abetting misconduct in public office.’ Then twice in the same week…

December 3, 2008

Coincidentally, the Thames Valley Police case against former police officer Det. Sgt. Mike Kearney, his son and journalists Sally Murrer and Derek Webb collapsed on Friday 28 November, the very day of the Damian Green arrest (Thus passim). Ms. Murrer and associates had been charged 18 months ago under the (no longer) obscure count of ‘aiding and abetting misconduct in a public office,’ by accepting and using information leaked by a civil servant, in this case a police officer. The judge ruled that the defendants had every right to protect... More