Twitter has been authorized for use inside the bail hearing of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
The very first tweet from the courtroom came from a reporter who tweeted:
“judge just gave me explicit permission to tweet proceedings ‘if it’s quiet and doesn’t disturb anything’”.
You can follow the Wikileaks tweets with the hashtag #wikileaks.
This is actually the second time that Twitter was used in a courtroom. The first official time was from journalist who tweeted during a murder trial but did not seek permission to do this – he just took it upon himself to tweet during the trial.
So will this decision to allow reporters to tweet from a courtroom set a new precedence for how reporters get the news out on trials?