Feb 102011
 February 10, 2011  Posted by  Non-U.S.

A newspaper was within its rights to republish Twitter messages posted by a civil servant, newspaper self-regulatory body the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has ruled.

The PCC ruled that because the material published related to the woman’s professional life there was a justification for its publication and the article did not invade her privacy.

Sarah Baskerville was a civil servant at the Department of Transport who posted tweets to her Twitter account that could be seen by anybody.

The article related the content of some of her messages, such as those describing the leader of a course she attended as “mental”; describing her coping with “a wine-induced hangover”; and referring to a Conservative MP who in opposition had been a critic of Government waste.

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