Judge allowed tweeting during Assange’s bail hearing

The judge conducting hearing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's bail case allowed reporters to tweet, resurrecting debate whether tweeting from court should be permitted or not.

According to a report published in `The Daily Telegraph' on Wednesday, District Judge Howard Riddle allowed reporters to send live updates of the Assange's bail hearing, on condition that tweeting would not disturb the court.

Recording sound and capturing photos during a court hearing is an illegal act, but sending electronic communications, such as tweets, e-mails and text messages, is not.

A number of experts believe that using social networking site Twitter, which allows users to send or receive messages in up to 140 characters, could influence the opinion of the judges.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, has already said that he would be seeking the input of the media on the burning question of whether tweeting during a court hearing should be permitted.

Last month, Lord Judge said, "It's illegal to use a tape recorder to record sound in court, but it's not illegal to send communications from the court."

Separately, Assange was granted bail by the court, but he will have to spend some more time in jail to wait the prosecution's appeal.