“Bloggers No need to Hide..!!!”

This article which appeared in an internet blog caught my interests. It seems today we at audie61 are having a day called,”browsing through the blogsphere” and our columnists are on the ground for the latest political stories.

We received a barrage of smses and phone calls when our article,” Trouble Brewing in PRS..??” Seems from our informed sources the President of PRS James Masing is aware of the breaking news and is doing his own investigation works. In other words he has been notified and briefed. 

We copy and paste  the article so that all Bloggers and intended ones needs to be aware of. “BLOGGERS HAVE NO RIGHT FOR PRIVACY”

The High Court in London has ruled that bloggers have no right to privacy under British law since blogging is essentially a public rather than a private activity. Skip related content

 

The case was brought by The Times newspaper after it discovered the identity of a blogger in the police service who wrote the popular NightJack web page, which was awarded the Orwell Prize for political writing in April.

The author, Richard Horton, a detective constable with Lancashire Constabulary, had sought an injunction to stop the paper from releasing his name but his application was denied.

It would seem to be quite legitimate for the public to be told who it was who was choosing to make, in some instances quite serious criticisms of police activities and, if it be the case, that frequent infringements of police discipline regulations were taking place, said Mr Justice Eady, The Times reports.

I do not accept that it is part of the courts function to protect police officers who are, or think they may be, acting in breach of police discipline regulations from coming to the attention of their superiors.

The NightJack blog was very popular with the reading public, getting up to half a million hits a week. Horton has now deleted the blog and received a written warning from his superiors.

The case will have a chilling effect on other workplace blogs, since the lack of any expectation of privacy will cause some to abandon their blogs.

Thousands of regular bloggers . . . would be horrified to think that the law would do nothing to protect their anonymity if someone carried out the necessary detective work and sought to unmask them, said Hugh Tomlinson, QC, for Mr Horton.

The police force has supplied a number of authors of popular blogs, so much so that the forces have intro duced guidelines on blogging aimed at limiting what can be said by officers on the beat.

We say as always,”Are we safe in Malaysia..?? We will only know in time wouldn’t we..??   

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