Opinion: “The Sun has eroded British justice, fairness and freedom: now it is feeling the effects” – Julian Petley

14 02 2012

Front-paging dawn raids, trumpeting censorship, smearing suspects and biasing the jury… The UK’s top-selling daily has terrifying influence over Britain’s police force, legal system, politicians, and press. But now the world it has helped to create may be turning against it. Read the rest of this entry »





Times contempt challenge thrown out in Strasbourg – Adam Wagner

14 02 2012

In the case of Michael Seckerson v United Kingdom (App Nos. 32844/10 and 33510/10) the European Court of Human Rights rejected as “inadmissible” Times Newspapers’ challenge to its 2009 conviction for contempt of court.  The decision, which was made by seven judges, is a good example of an early stage “strike-out” by the Court which is nonetheless a substantial, reasoned decision (see the UK Human Rights Blog posts on the “UK loses 3 out of 4 cases at the court” controversy). Read the rest of this entry »