Thursday, February 15, 2007

What should Guido do when he's in jail?

According to the Telegraph, Guido has been threatened with jail unless he hands over his papers and information to the Charity Commission about the Smith Institute.

Now, given that bloggers like Guido (when he's not just doing gossipy innuendo) is like an investigative journalist who chooses the blog as his medium for publishing, should they (in general, not just Guido) be threatened with jail if they do not reveal their sources?

I expect Guido's the type of person who would probably go to jail just for the fun of it anyway, so I'm asking the question, what should Guido do when he is in jail? Perhaps a dirty protest that "staines" the wall whilst simultaneously demanding to speak to Mo Mowlam and Mo Mowlam only?

Any other ideas welcome.
Hat Tip: Theo Spark


leon said...
15 Feb 2007 15:48:00  

Not pick up the soap?

Praguetory said...
15 Feb 2007 15:52:00  

*Sarcasm* Nice of the CC to protect the whistleblower *Sarcasm* . Didn't anyone learn anything from Enron?

Serf said...
15 Feb 2007 15:59:00  

He should demand to share a cell with Lord Levy

Adam said...
15 Feb 2007 16:18:00  

Check out the Josh Wolf case in the US; he's now the journalist longest imprisoned for refusing to give up information in US history. California's Shield Law protects journalists but becaues the Feds give money to the SF police for anti-terrorism stuff and because a police car was damaged, it's a Federal matter and there's no Federal shield law. At least, that was the explanation of Federal interest that I heard on the radio yesterday (but it was on Democracy Now, which is a pinko show).

IanP said...
15 Feb 2007 16:51:00  

I do believe that the precedent has already been set through the courts. Need to look it up, but about 6 months ago, a blogger in the UK won the same right as a journalist to keep his sources secret.

Anonymous said...
15 Feb 2007 18:06:00  

Does that mean in effect that if someone like Nick Robinson were to publish through the paper he would have a degree of protection, but if he published through the blog he does not?

Journalism is journalism whatever the medium surely?

Anonymous said...
15 Feb 2007 18:06:00  

Take his laptop in with him and carry on blogging ,what are they going to do jail him.

Raedwald said...
15 Feb 2007 18:18:00  

It's just another government performance target. The CC's latest annual report claims 'number of times legal authority exercised:- 5,170' for last year. They probably want to hit 6,000 this year.

So poor old Guido probably isn't very exclusive after all. The same form letter probably goes to the old dear who complained to the CC about the trustees of the village War Memorial charity misusing funds to buy trustees' chrimbo drinkies in the Dog and Duck.

Adam said...
15 Feb 2007 18:18:00  

"Take his laptop in with him and carry on blogging ,what are they going to do jail him."

Man, if you ever go to prison, you're going to be very disappointed.

Henry Garnet said...
15 Feb 2007 22:01:00  

No Leon, let the hypocritical tw*t drop the soap!

Theo Spark said...
16 Feb 2007 09:36:00  

It is nice of Mr Reid to build him a big shiny new prison! Or maybe it's for Blair and Levy.

Anonymous said...
16 Feb 2007 11:18:00  

Citizen journalists are citizens not journalists, they have no journalistic exemptions from law, and come to think of it need taking down a peg or two.

dizzy said...
16 Feb 2007 11:22:00  

So ivory tower for the hacks and jail for the proles. Like it!

Anonymous said...
16 Feb 2007 11:29:00  

No, I'm a prole myself. It's just that Guido, and others, can't have it both ways.

They are either journalists, and play the game, or they are citizens, and fuck about.

He can't be both.

And for the record, certain 'proper' journalists need taken down a peg or two as well. is a participant in the Amazon Europe S.à.r.l. Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to