Media Musings Blog Archive Legal freedoms Freedom of the press is something all journalists should fight for.
After all, it is necessary to maintain democracy and individual liberty. In 1786 Thomas Jefferson said in a letter to John Jay, "our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it." Tomorrow, controversial journalist Derryn Hinch will face court for breaching suppression orders and revealing the names of two sex offenders at a 2008 Name Them and Shame Them rally. However, if Hinch is found guilty his sentencing will not occur until two months later, allowing him time to recover from a liver transplant. This isn't the first time Hinch might be imprisoned with the "evil" men he reveals to the public. In 1987 Hinch was jailed for 12 days after exposing Michael Glennon (a priest convicted of indecent assault with a minor) was facing new charges and had been running a children's youth camp. For years, Hinch has campaigned to identify to the public serious sex offenders, so long as such identification does not identify the victims. On principal, louis vuitton bags tivoli this sounds like a noble fake louis vuitton wallet amazon act. According to media lawyer, Peter Bartlett, Hinch said his Glennon campaign was "the most moral, correct, decent campaign I was ever involved with." But laws exist for a reason. In 1985, Glennon was almost acquitted when Hinch told the public too much about his past convictions. In an essay on the media and the justice system by Roderick Eime, he quotes Justice Toohey summary of the Hinch case: "In my opinion the broadcasts, and each of them, would have influenced most listeners to conclude that (Glennon) was a despicable man, a dissembling priest, who corrupted young people after using his pseudo clerical position to gain their trust." While Glennon was a loathsome lowlife, Hinch comments almost saw a sex offender escape jail. Quite simply, naming them isn't worth risking the acquittal of a rapist. The media has a responsibility to maintain the interests of the public. Consequently, journos face moral dilemmas on a daily basis. At university up and coming journos are told to be defenders of the public sphere, but in reality there are laws. And laws are in place to ensure society does not fall into anarchy. Believe it or not, Journos are not outside the law. The fight for press freedom is important, but it should not invalidate the justice system. Press freedom is a tightrope that consistently hard to master. Your 200+ year old quote demonstrates that ever since the media was born (I imagine it being a painful childbirth), there been conflict between society rules and laws, and the media being able to freely report and dictate the public discourse. Just be grateful we don live in China (although they do have delicious dumplings), with draconian censorship laws, for example users in China can even Google the Tiananmen square massacre without censored results. I a bit scared also that Australia is headed in a similar direction, for example the leaked list of sites that the Government planning to censor includes not only pornography but also sites that discuss banned activities like euthanasia. This is where things get dicey, surely civilized society is mature enough to debate any given topic, even if illegal. The point is, given your 200 year old quote, it apparent that society still hasn found the right balance between press freedom and the law and it probably never will. Michael Kors While christian louboutin she ray ban 4147 review sunglasses was cheap louis vuitton neverfull bags thus ray ban engaged, Michael Kors outlet purses Madame Michael Kors Duparc fake ray bans uk and Cheap Christian Louboutin her Air Max 90 daughter lauren by ralph lauren bedding remained air jordan alone ray ban 4147 review in ray ban sunglasses sale the Oakley Sunglasses Outlet kitchen. 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We are all poisoned! cried Madame Duparc, in the greatest terror. Good heavens! I smell burned arsenic in the kitchen! Monsieur Fergant, the visitor, hearing these last words, politely stepped forward to echo them. Burned arsenic, beyond a doubt, said Monsieur Fergant. When this gentleman was subsequently questioned on the subject, it may not be amiss to mention that he was quite unable to say what burned arsenic smelled like. Neither is it altogether out of place to inquire how Madame louis vuitton shoes male Duparc happened to be so amazingly apt at discovering the smell of burned arsenic? The answer to the question does not seem easy to discover. Having settled that they were all poisoned, and having even found out (thanks to those two intelligent amateur chemists, Madame Duparc and Monsieur Fergant) the very nature of the deadly drug that had been used to destroy them, the next thing the company naturally thought of was the necessity of summoning medical help. Young Monsieur Beauguillot obligingly ran off (it was apparently a very mild case of poisoning, so far as he was concerned) to the apothecary s shop, and fetched, not the apprentice this time, but the master. The master, Monsieur Thierry, arrived in great haste, and found the dinner eaters all complaining of nausea and pains in the stomach. He naturally asked what they had eaten. The reply was, that they had eaten nothing but soup. This was, to say the least of it, rather an unaccountable answer. The company had had for dinner, besides soup, a second course of boiled meat, and ragout of beef, and a dessert of cherries. Why was this plain fact concealed? Why was the apothecary s attention to be fixed exclusively on the soup? Was it because the tureen was empty, and because the alleged smell of burned arsenic might be accounted for on the theory that the remains of the soup brought from the dining room had been thrown on the kitchen fire? But no remains of soup came down it had been all consumed by the guests. And what is still more remarkable, the only person in the kitchen (excepting Marie and the nurse) who could not discover the smell of burned arsenic, was the person of all others who was professionally qualified to find it out first the apothecary himself. After examining the tureen and the plates, and stirring up the wood ashes on the fire, and making no sort of discovery, Monsieur Thierry turned to Marie, and asked if she could account for what had happened. She simply replied that she knew nothing at all about it; and thereupon her mistress and the rest of the persons present all overwhelmed her together with a perfect torrent of questions. The poor girl, terrified by the hubbub, worn out by a sleepless night and by the hard work and agitation of the day preceding it, burst into an hysterical fit of tears, and was ordered out of the kitchen to lie down and recover herself. The only person who showed her the least pity and offered her the slightest attention, was a servant girl like herself, who lived next door, and who stole up to the room in which she was weeping alone, with a cup of warm milk and water to comfort her. Meanwhile the report had spread in the town that the old man, Monsieur De Beaulieu, and the whole Duparc family had been poisoned by their servant. Madame Duparc did her louis vuitton shoes history best to give the rumor the widest possible circulation. Entirely forgetting, as it would seem, that she was on her own showing a poisoned woman, she roamed excitably all over the house with an audience of agitated female friends at her heels; telling the burned arsenic story over and over again to every fresh detachment of visitors that arrived to hear it; and finally leading the whole troop of women into the room where Marie was trying to recover herself.
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