Puddick the plumber wins a free speech case after leaking – no, flooding – details of wife’s infidelity

June 18, 2011

A British judge has struck a blow in favour of bloggers and free speech.

The judge cleared Pommy plumber Ian Puddick of internet harassment after he had tweeted and blogged details of his wife’s affair.

Lawyers are saying the case may help define the limits of free expression online.

Otherwise, you can be sure, Alf would be showing no interest in the matter.

The BBC’s legal affairs correspondent, Clive Coleman, said not all of the alleged harassment in the trial concerned information placed on the internet.

But the case highlighted the issue of whether someone freely expressing themselves widely online could be guilty of harassment, Coleman said.

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