Should police officers be prohibited from suing individuals for libel? – A “Liberty” proposal

21 02 2014

LibertyLast week, the civil liberties and human rights Liberty announced that it was seeking to intervene in the libel claim brought by PC Toby Rowland against Andrew Mitchell MP arising out of the so-called “Plebgate” scandal.  This raises an interesting issue as to the extent to which public officials should be able to sue ordinary citizens for libel. Read the rest of this entry »





Hacking, Bribing and Unreasonable Bail: the Sun and Civil Liberties

1 10 2013

The SunIt is not often that a campaign by Liberty to protect the rights of criminal suspects gets favourable publicity in the Sun.  However, there is an article in today’s Sun headed Axe endless bail: Rights group calls for 6-month limit on police power.  It begins by telling readers that: Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson isn’t a threat to human rights: not adopting his proposals would be – Ben Emmerson and Hugh Tomlinson

7 12 2012

Leveson PressAs part of its tireless campaign against any form of effective press regulation, this week’s Mail on Sunday had “bombshell verdict” on the Leveson report.  Leveson assessor and Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti, had apparently told the Mail that “his law to gag press is illegal as it breaches Human Rights Act”.  For good measure, the Liberty Director was reported as “blasting” Labour leader Ed Miliband’s ‘hasty and ill-considered’ endorsement of the report. This damning indictment of the Leveson Report was quickly picked up and repeated across the media. Read the rest of this entry »