Fighting anonymity with anonymity: open justice and cyberbullying – Eoin O’Dell

9 10 2012

Stop Cyberbulling logo, via WikipediaSay you are a 15-year old girl. What would you do if you find a fake Facebook profile which contains a photograph of you, a slightly modified version of your name and other particulars which identified you, which discusses your physical appearance and weight in derogatory terms, and which includes scandalous sexual commentary about you?  First, you’d contact Facebook, to have the fake profile taken down and to identify the IP address associated with it. Read the rest of this entry »





The Many Mythologies of Press Freedom, Part 1, Free Speech and the “Sun” – Julian Petley

9 10 2012

In the Sun, 13 February 2012, the paper’s  former political editor Trevor Kavanagh was given the best part of a page to protest that  ‘this witch-hunt has put us behind ex-Soviet states on Press freedom’. The ‘witch-hunt’ in question was the arrest of five Sun journalists accused, as part of the seemingly endless fall-out from the phone hacking scandal, of bribing public officials, and the former eastern bloc countries were Poland, Estonia and Slovakia which, according to the World Press Freedom Index 2011-2012, compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF), all had better records on press freedom than the UK, which had dropped nine places to number 28 since the last such survey. Read the rest of this entry »