(Ed’s note – we couldn’t get Marilyn singing “Happy Birthday Mr President”, so we got a President singing “Happy Birthday Mr Headline”…)
On a grey Melbourne day, outspoken broadcaster, Derryn Hinch – aka The Human Headline – was released from prison.
Bereft of his trademark beard following a 50-day term, two weeks of which were spent in solitary confinement, Hinch’s sentence was meted out as a result of refusing to pay a contempt of court fine over his use of social media during the case into the rape and murder of Melbourne woman Jill Meagher.
TBS was lucky to have the Human Headline write about this situation for us prior to his sentence – Think before you Tweet. It’s well worth a read if you missed it.
Hinch is not unfamiliar with prison garb, having also been imprisoned in 1987 for 12 days after publicly naming a paedophile priest. However just after his release, despite remaining unrepentant about the breach, there was something slightly frail about his first words to the press.
And maybe understandably – the Human Headline spent his 70th birthday behind bars!
Regardless, his first shout out to the twittersphere showed he will continue to live up to his nickname…
I am out. Very emotional greeting at prison gates. Feeling fine. The campaign continues. More later.
— Derryn Hinch (@HumanHeadline) March 6, 2014
Love him or loathe him, agree or disagree with how he goes about it, Hinch certainly stands firm when it comes to his beliefs in a world where many take the easy way out or cave in to pressure or the populist view…
Welcome back Mr Hinch. We hope to hear from you again soon.
And Happy Birthday!