Wednesday 13 December 2017

Just because someone disagrees with you doesn't make it bullying – it's free speech

Mentalist and magician Keith Barry
Mentalist and magician Keith Barry
Keith Barry (pictured) and Neil Prendeville had a difference of opinion, that is not the same as cyber bullying. Picture:Brian McEvoy
Colette Browne

Colette Browne

Freedom of speech is a cornerstone of our democracy but no one has the right to be free from criticism.

A spat between two media personalities – RedFM DJ Neil Prendeville and magician Keith Barry – demonstrates an increasing tendency to conflate online criticism with cyberbullying or harassment.

On Friday, Prendeville cancelled an appearance by Barry on his show because he had appeared on a rival station earlier that morning.

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