Ireland: I know what you did last Summer, Mr Cowen – Eoin O’Dell

20 01 2013

PCI_PO_logoBrian Cowen served as Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland) from 2008 to 2011. He did not stand for re-election as a TD (MP) in 2011.

I know what you did last Summer, Mr Cowen, and in fact we all know what you did last Summer, Mr Cowen, because the the Irish Mail on Sunday reported on your enrollment in the Executive Education Programme at Stanford University in California. Read the rest of this entry »

Philippines: Supreme Court considers challenges to Cybercrime law

20 01 2013

philippines_pifa_black_tuesday_free_pifa_532The Supreme Court of the Philippines has begun hearing 15 petitions filed by various groups and individuals including journalists and free press advocates. against the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012. The arguments for the petitioners were heard on Tuesday 5 January 2013 and the arguments of the Solicitor-General opposing the petitions will be heard on Tuesday 22 January 2103. Read the rest of this entry »

Public insults to be legalised but grossly offensive messages still criminal – Adam Wagner

20 01 2013

twitter-logo-uk-human-rights-blogSection 5 of the Public Order Act 1986, which outlaws the use of “threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour” will be amended to remove the word ‘insulting’. The amendment is the result of a successful, high-profile campaign which asked “Do we really need the police and the courts to deal with insults?” Read the rest of this entry »