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Get over it!

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Some people think flag-burning is offensive. Fine.¬† Some argue that it’s not speech. Not so fine. One of them, somewhat extraordinarily, is Stephen Franks: The effect of flag-burning derives solely from its power to shock and offend. It is not speech; it is not expression. It is the suppression and destruction of others’ expression. As […]

JK Rowling and the Chamber of Secrets

Sunday, May 11th, 2008

Actually, it’s not a chamber that she’s looking to keep secret. It’s a photograph on the open street. She’s sued over the publication of some paparazzi photos of her and her husband on a street pushing a baby buggy containing David, their 19-month old baby. And the UK Court of Appeal has just ruled¬†that they […]

Judicial smack-down on cameras in courts

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Memo from Justice Fogarty to almost every other judge in the country: You are breaking the law. You are riding roughshod over the presumption of innocence. You are punishing defendants before they have been convicted. You are shirking your duty to ensure that witnesses are not inhibited by cameras in court. You are not doing […]

A victory for the Berrymans?

Tuesday, May 6th, 2008

You will have heard that Justice Mallon has granted judicial review of the coroner’s ruling in the Berryman’s bridge collapse case. Here are some things you might think you know about the Berryman case from the media coverage: The Berrymans “won” the case The decision said the bridge collapse was “not their fault” The Berrymans […]

We’re free. Really.

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

The latest world press freedom rankings are out. As usual, we’re in the top 10, where we’ve been for at least the past five years (this year, we’re 9th equal, actually). Those who like to rhapsodise about the US First Amendment and American press freedom might like to ponder that country’s rankings for the past […]

A politician’s guide to ducking awkward questions

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

This week’s lively Media7 show about the art of interviewing reminded me of a programme I put together for Radio NZ some years back. It’s a spoof instructional cassette for politicians on how to duck questions. All the clips are from real interviews. Here’s the script. HOW TO DUCK AWKWARD QUESTIONS: A GUIDE FOR POLITICIANS […]

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