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Toonen further argues that the criminalization of homosexuality in private has not permitted him to expose openly his sexuality and to publicize his views on reform of the relevant laws on sexual matters, as he felt that this would have been extremely prejudicial to his employment. The Committee found that the legislation constituted interference in violation of Article 17 even though it had not been directly applied in the case of the applicant. He adds that the Director of Public Prosecutions announced, in August , that proceedings pursuant to Sections a , c and would be initiated if there was sufficient evidence of the commission of a crime. The same issue could arise under article 2, paragraph 1, of the Covenant. Thus, in September , for example, the TGLRG was refused permission to put up a stand in a public square in the city of Hobart, and the author claims that he, as a leading protester against the ban, was subjected to police intimidation.