In a week of grim rulings which saw an increasing corporate invasion of webspace and privacy, this is great news. A Belfast blogger has won a crucial ruling in Belfast’s Magistrates’ Court.
‘Alan Murray’s blog highlighting violence, vandalism and creeping sectarian division in a part of Belfast’s university district landed him in court on Friday.
The 40-year-old was charged with three counts of intimidating a member of a local residents’ committee, which included intimidation on the internet. The judge, however, found Murray not guilty on all counts at Belfast’s Magistrates’ Court. Index on Censorship – a global campaign group that defends free speech – welcomed the judge’s ruling this weekend. ‘