Learning Problem 1: The tweeting PR person


Learning Problem 1: The tweeting PR person




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The tweeting PR person

Review the problem below and use your 600 words to answer these questions:

  1. What are the main media law issues that arise in this scenario?
  2. Explain briefly how laws and possible defences might apply.
  3. What cases / examples / legislation are relevant to this situation?
  4. Assuming your goal is to try to publish as much of the material as is legally allowable, what course of action would you recommend for the person in this situation and why?

Discuss the problem with fellow students on the Discussion Board section of the Learning@Griffith site. [Of course, you cannot copy other students’ contributions in your own answers because this will be detected by Turnitin and raised as an Academic Integrity matter.]

The tweeting PR person

You are employed in a State Government environment department as a media communications officer. You know your colleague – employed at the same level as you – is highly opinionated against the current government’s policies. A friend brings to your attention the fact that your colleague has been tweeting highly critical messages opposing the government’s shark netting policies using the anonymous Twitter handle @ecowarrior. You feel conflicted but decide to report the behaviour to your boss. A few days later you learn that the department is going to dismiss her over her anti-government tweets.



There are three main issues that arise from this case. The first issues is whether the right of political expression is constitutionally protected, considering the provision of Article 19 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights which grants freedom to hold contrary opinion and to express the opinions. This is because as a government employee, there is thin line between the extents to which one can express a political opinion about the government he/she is serving. The second issues is whether the employee breached any code of privacy for the government, considering that she is expected to keep government’s information private, and s. 13(11) of