Freedom of Expression: the Adventures of Tintin in the land of the law – Jogchum Vrielink

10 05 2012

In Belgium, a Congolese student and a minority organisation sought to obtain a ban on the comic book ‘Tintin in the Congo’. A Brussels court rejected their claims. Despite this outcome, the reasoning of the court jeopardises free speech. As regards the applicants: offensive as the comic may be, their recourse to the law is both misdirected and counterproductive.

Tintin, the brainchild of the Hergé († 1983), is experiencing new and exciting adventures these days. Not just in the cinema, but in Belgian courts as well. Read the rest of this entry »

Journalism and the Wonderland of Public Interest, an Australian Perspective – Richard Ackland

10 05 2012

What is meant by the term public interest? And does it trump a public figure’s right to privacy? Richard Ackland casts a gimlet eye over the concept and the difference between the media and judicial view

That’s for our readers to tell … That will be determined by the number of people that buy the paper“. So said the deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph, Helen McCabe, when asked by Media Watch in 2009 what was the public interest in her paper publishing those pouty photos of a young Pauling Hanson, in lingerie. Except, as it expensively transpired, it was not Pauline Hanson. Read the rest of this entry »