There is a high level of mutual information exchange between legal blogs. It is interesting to see how other bloggers pick up our posts and draw interesting conclusions from them. This train of thought developed as we read a post on the admirable UK Human Rights Blog entitled “Failed Binyam Mohammed privacy case highlights open justice trend“. In this post the energetic Adam Wagner ties together themes from two recent posts on Inforrm and adds some interesting points.
He links the failure of Binyam Mohammed’s injunction application to the recent trend towards heightened protection for open justice, drawing attention to what he describes as a “well-timed post” by Antony White QC on this blog. We recommend the full post but draw specific attention to the conclusion
“the case of Binyam Mohamed and his co-claimants, who also claim they were mistreated abroad, has already broken important legal ground in respect of open justice, both in terms of freedom of the press and the restriction of secret evidence. procedures in civil claims. A series of high-profile judgments have embarrassed the government and attracted huge publicity. This publicity may not have been Mohamed’s choice, but it was always unlikely that a High Court judge would grant an injunction to put the genie back in the bottle”.
From Canada, we noted an interesting post on the high quality “Slaw” blog on the “Right to Information“. This deals with the annual report of the Information Commissioner of Canada and draws on the discussion on this blog of the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ontario (Public Safety and Security) v. Criminal Lawyers’ Association, (2010 SCC 23) by Paul Schabas and Ryder Gilliland.
Finally, we draw attention to the US privacy law blog, Pogo Was right.org which has picked up three of our recent posts on “Binyam Mohammed, Van Morrison and Ruth Hickey“, on DFT v TFD and Wayne Rooney. The site has a comprehensive coverage of privacy issues from round the world.