Why some people shouldn’t tweet their every thought

Yesterday it was Little Andy who got all angry and decided to share his first world problems from the Koru Lounge.

Today it is the head of Amnesty International. Little Andy still has job but Ciarnan Helferty does not.


Ciarnan Helferty is said to have stood down from the charity with immediate effect after the messages were criticised on the social networking site.

The charity, which says its purpose is to ‘protect people wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied’, apologised to anyone offended by the messages.  

The 26-year-old posted tweets mocking people with schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

In one tweet Mr Helferty posted: “When one door closes, another one opens. Jeeze… I hate this OCD.” And in another he said: “I’ve decided to enter the that BBC TV singing contest for schizophrenics – The Voices.”

It is claimed Mr Helferty resigned after criticism of the tweets, which were branded “incongruent” with the charity’s aims in a letter to supporters about his resignation from Sarah O’Grady, vice chairman of Amnesty International.


His tweets weren’t helpful considering Amnesty international is running this campaign:


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.