October 15, 2007
Anonymity order challenged
Newspapers appeal against order protecting child pornographer's identity
Trinity Mirror and Newsquest are appealing against an order under s.11 of the Contempt of Court Act which prohibits publication of the identity of a man who pleaded guilty to 20 charges of making and possessing indecent pictures of children.
The 45-year-old man applied for the order on the basis that his two daughters would be harassed or bullied at school if his identity were revealed. The Croydon Guardian, Trinity Mirror and the Press Association protested but Judge McKinnon in the Croydon Crown Court decided that the man could not be identified in order to protect his children. The newspapers are now taking the case to the Court of Appeal.
Sir Igor Judge last week made the unusual order that the appeal should be heard by a five judge panel instead of the usual three. The Court is likely to have to consider whether the Crown Court Judge had the power to make the order that he did, the likelihood of harm to the children and the balancing of their Article 8 rights with the Article 10 rights of the media.
- Newspapers challenge anonymity for child porn offender -Guardian
- Why judge’s gagging order must be challenged – Greenslade (Guardian)
- Judge refuses to allow papers to name convicted paedophile – Croydon Guardian
- Part of gagging order on paedophile is lifted – but he still cannot be named – HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk
- South London papers unite to fight ban on naming child porn man – Press Gazette