A small news story, hidden in the lesser pages caught my eye today. A daily mail journalist has launched a legal battle for compensation against dorset police for arresting him after he tried to collect a postal vote, he’d registered under a pseudonym.
He attempted to break the law, “in the public interest”, was caught and arrested. He identified himself as a journalist and his complaint is that he was falsely imprisoned for 2 days, violating his human rights.
2 things come to mind…
- Does he have the right to break the law and not then be punished when he is caught?
- Why has this not even appeared on the news, can you say this is impartial when an undoubtably huge story would of been created had he succeded?
He did commit a crime, yes, in the “public interest”… how far can we push this? If I robbed a bank to test the police response in my area, would that count as “public interest”? hmmm
This is the biggy for me, I like to read news, sad I know… I can’t help it, I’m a information junkie! I only noticed it by accident.
In my mind, the story should be given equal size having failed. “Attempts at vote rigging, foiled by dorset police”