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Sophie Khan talks law and disorder

9 January 2012

25 January 2012 – Pushing the boundaries of freedom of expression

The question of whether we have a right to anonymity has once again been brought to the forefront of debates not just in the context of the protesting where many protestors, including the ‘Occupy’ movement, have been seen wearing the ‘V for Vendetta’ mask, but also in the forum of blogs and twitter accounts written by serving police officers.

Last week it was revealed by James Harding, The Times editor, during questioning at the Leveson inquiry, which is investigating the ethics and standards of the press, that Patrick Foster, an ex-Times journalist, had hacked into the personal account of DC Richard Horton, the author of an anonymous police blog, NightJack. An interim injunction had been granted to the author of the blog on 28 May 2009, but was overturned on the 16 June 2009 by Mr Justice Eady who held that “blogging is essentially a pu...

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