Dissent Into Darkness: The Misuse of Law to Stifle Criticism – Oliver O’Callaghan

25 08 2013

silencing-dissentDissent is one of the key functions of a free press. Even above the provision of information, the provocation of democratic debate, or the search for truth; the ability to openly and freely criticise government is perhaps the paramount reason why we as a society enshrine the protection of the press and of speech. Read the rest of this entry »

Outrageous Opinion on Social Media: The Correct Role of the Law – Oliver O’Callaghan

20 04 2013

Social Media ImageBarely a week passes without another spate of Twitter controversies; last week’s protagonists included the Youth Police Commissioner of Kent, Paris Brown, forced to resign over her past ‘youthful indiscretions’ on the social networking site; Irish cricketer John Mooney was reprimanded by his employer for some ill-considered remarks on the passing of Margaret Thatcher; while footballer Joey Barton was threatened with legal action over his wearily familiar and uncouth pronouncements on a fellow player. Read the rest of this entry »

Royalty, Nudity, Privacy, and Profitability – Oliver O’Callaghan

23 09 2012

The recent publication of topless pictures of The Duchess of Cambridge in a French magazine, following so closely after the exposure of Prince Harry’s nocturnal activities in Las Vegas, has returned the issue of the private lives of public figures to the forefront of the news once again. Coming as Lord Justice Leveson prepares his report arising from the eponymous inquiry, there are a number unresolved debates relating to the publication of private information about celebrities or public figures such as the royal family. Read the rest of this entry »