News: Binyam Mohammed, Van Morrison and Ruth Hickey – three unsuccessful privacy claims

10 10 2010

Three unsuccessful privacy claims in three jurisdictions have been reported this weekeend.  The first and most recent was an “out of hours” inunction claim in England on Saturday 9 October 2010 by former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed against the “Mail on Sunday”.  He made an unsuccessful attempt to obtain an injunction to prevent the newspaper from revealing that he has been granted permanent residency in Britain. Read the rest of this entry »





Opinion: “Privacy in the Courts: Open Justice, Confidentiality and Court Proceedings” – Antony White QC

10 10 2010

A number of important recent decisions have re-emphasised the principle of open justice.  The judgments of the Court of Appeal in R (Binyam Mohamed) v. Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs ([2010] 3 WLR 554) contain extremely powerful statements which recognise the fundamental importance of this principle.   The language of Lord Judge CJ is particularly striking for its emphatic recognition of the importance of the role of the media.  Read the rest of this entry »