Saturday 16 December 2017

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

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.



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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