NightJack – issues raised

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.”

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?

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4 comments

  1. Martin Belam

    I think this has been really tricky. I think that The Times was right to investigate a prominent award winning anonymous blogger to check if they a) had the credentials they said they had and b) were not a really senior figure in public service. But having done that and established his identity, I don't see that *in this case* they should have fought tooth'n'nail to publish.

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