The media can be a bloggers’ friend or foe. In the case of detective constable Richard Horton of Lancashire, England – it’s the latter.
The High Court has ruled that a national newspaper was entitled to reveal the real name of the one-time anonymous blogger.
Justice Eady ruled that “blogging is essentially a public rather than a private activity,” meaning that there should be no expectation that anonymity is protected under any law.
The award-winning blog in question, Night Jack, is no longer available. Though there are rumblings that a book is in the works.
Horton fought to keep his identity a secret over fears that there would be serious ramifications at work. As well-founded fear. After all, he was unafraid to deliver the good, bad and ugly of police work and the politics surrounding it.
So for all of you anonymous bloggers out there – consider yourself on notice! Tread lightly.