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Archive for June, 2011

Is Macsyna King being censored?

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

No doubt you’ve heard that the upcoming Ian Wishart book by Macsyna King is being boycotted by a range of bookstores.
Is this censorship, as some are claiming?
No. Well, not really. Censorship is usually regarded as emanating from the state. There’s no law against stocking this book. There’s no legal penalty for doing so. Your right […]

Corrections ban on Truth surely unlawful

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

The Department of Corrections’ decision to ban the Truth from Auckland prison looks unlawful. And typical.
The prison says the ban is based on the content of the paper’s coverage, not on the girly ads. It’s possible (but I would have thought very unlikely) that the ads might fall under the department’s ability to confiscate “objectionable” material. […]

Free speech vs privacy

Sunday, June 12th, 2011

A New Mexico man puts up a billboard of himself holding the outline of a baby, saying:
This Would Have Been a Picture Of My 2-Month Old Baby If The Mother Had Decided To NOT KILL Our Child!
His ex-partner (who says she had a miscarriage not an abortion) sues for harrassment and invasion of privacy.
A London […]

Sauce for the goose

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Has anyone else twigged to the irony that the UK media have fought, tooth and nail, against Max Mosley’s attempt to force them to give advance notice to people whose privacy they plan to invade (which would give those people a chance to seek an injunction before the damage was done by publication)… at the […]

Darren Hughes’ accuser: will he be named?

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Now that the police have decided not to press  charges against Darren Hughes, the obvious next question is whether his accuser can be named.
For now, the answer is no. There is still an injunction in place. Someone will have to apply to court to have it lifted.
Will the judge be sympathetic? I suspect so. He […]