Twitter first for journos in Assange case

In what is considered a first for the English court system, journalists were allowed to tweet proceedings onto the internet while WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange found out if he was to be granted bail for his accusations of rape.

Senior district judge Howard Riddle, who presided over the hearing, allowed journalists to use mobile phones to text, email and tweet what was happening inside the court – a move which would usually result in the journalist being held in contempt of court.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

This article appears in issue 265 of Media Digest.

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