I already did a round-up post for the Journalism.co.uk Editors’ Blog but these some are some good points I’ve seen made since then.
- The Orwell Prize director Jean Seaton on a voice silenced. This point seemed particularly pertinent: “Even odder is their [the Times’] main accusation against him: that the blog revealed material about identifiable court cases. The blog did not do this – cases were disguised. However, once the Times had published Horton’s name then, of course, it is easy to find the cases he was involved with. The Times has shut down a voice.”
- A letter from a Tory is worth a read too.
My own view is this: the oddities and confusion of this case aside, it is important to discuss the privacy issues arising from people writing about their work in the public sector – in publications online and off. But hasn’t the Times done the very damage it claimed it wanted to prevent by going for Horton in this way?