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Colum Kenny: Scared in a bar, then bullied in cyberspace over story

Whatever your opinion on what is in the public interest, there's no excuse for attacking reporters, writes Colum Kenny

Published 05/08/2012 | 05:00

Niamh Horan reported last week that a big builder attacked her in Portugal
Niamh Horan reported last week that a big builder attacked her in Portugal
Niamh Horan (above) reported last week that a big builder attacked her in Portugal

A cat may look at a queen. And a reporter may take a picture of a builder in a bar if she is acting in the public interest.

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There is no excuse for threatening a journalist in a public place. Last week, Niamh Horan reported that a big builder had attacked her in Portugal when she snapped him having a drink.

He may feel that she invaded his privacy. The law may even agree that a pub, oddly enough, is not always public.

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