Scoop Audio Interview: Simon Power on Prisons and the Net
Interview with Lyndon Hood
Simon Power spoke to Scoop's Lyndon Hood about issues raised by Tim Selwyn's prison letters being posted on the 'Tumeke' weblog.
Mr Power said that he was the "last person to be opposed to freedom of speech", but believed the incident raised issues related to the immediacy of the Internet - especially in relation to the use of contraband mobile devices.
He believes that the Department of Corrections' response that there is nothing to be done in the case of Mr Selwyn's writing indicates a lack of thought on these matters.
Speaking to Scoop later, Mr Power said that he had not considered whether to look into the incident described in Mr Selwyn's second letter. The post describes the assault of an inmate, who Mr Selwyn believes should have been in protective segregation.