Exposing the law as UK’s Press stands on Cliff’s edge

Leigh G Banks

Leigh G Banks

Leigh G Banks is a former Fleet Street journalist, now a writer and broadcaster with RTI.fm

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  1. Dorothy Banks says:

    There is no simple way of commenting on something with such potential widespread repercussions. Trying to summarize this is almost impossible in a few words We are noting that finding against the BBC, if justified, means that the entire media could be unable, without fear of reprisals through law, to report on police investigations – until an actual charge has been made against the person involved.

    Overall this seems to be a retrograde step. Yet if I, or anyone in my close circle, were subjected to public naming and it was later found there was no case to be answered – I would not find this moral stance so easy.

    Freedom of the press is far too precious, in any democratic nation, to be wiped out carte blanche. Who indeed has the wisdom of Solomon in such cases?

    There is no easy answer. The whole rule book possibly needs to be reviewed and if necessary re-written. What objective, qualified and thorough legislative body could be called upon to scrutinize such a complicated and imperative set of cirumstances?

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