Coroner’s conundrums: born alive or still-birth, and mother’s anonymity – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 8th, 2017 in anonymity, birth, coroners, judicial review, jurisdiction, news by sally

‘A 19-year old mother went into hospital, with a shoebox. In the shoebox was the 6-days dead body of her daughter. She told the hospital and the police that she had been raped, hence the shame about reporting the death. She had given birth in her bedroom at home, and she said that the baby had been cold when born.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 6th May 2017

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Ched Evans: 10 men cautioned for revealing identity of accuser – The Guardian

Posted April 26th, 2017 in anonymity, cautions, news, rape by sally

‘Ten men have been cautioned by police after revealing the identity of the woman who accused footballer Ched Evans of rape.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2017

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I exposed corruption at War Child. Here’s why whistleblowers need anonymity – The Guardian

Posted April 10th, 2017 in anonymity, charities, Charity Commission, news, public interest, whistleblowers by sally

‘When I spoke out about corruption in the charity, I was ostracised and then fired. Little has changed since then. My advice is proceed with caution’

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The Guardian, 10th April 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Undercover policing inquiry ‘not sabotaged’ by Met Police – BBC News

Posted April 6th, 2017 in anonymity, disclosure, inquiries, investigatory powers, London, news, police by tracey

‘The judge chairing a public inquiry into undercover policing has dismissed claims by campaigners that the Met Police have tried to sabotage it.’

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BBC News, 5th April 2017

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

CMA offers £100,000 to cartel whistleblowers – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 23rd, 2017 in advertising, anonymity, competition, news, whistleblowers by sally

‘The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an advertising campaign targeting illegal cartels, offering anonymity and a reward of up to £100,000 for whistleblowers.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 22nd March 2017

Source: www.out-law.com

Domestic abuse survivors will be allowed to register to vote anonymously to protect them from their attackers – The Independent

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in anonymity, domestic violence, elections, news, victims by tracey

‘Survivors of domestic abuse will be protected from their attackers when they register to vote, under new Government plans.
The rules will be relaxed to make it far easier for victims of abuse to register anonymously, in a victory for a campaign by charities including Women’s Aid.’

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The Independent, 2nd March 2017

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Lawyers back call for national child abuse inquiry to name perpetrators – The Guardian

Posted March 1st, 2017 in anonymity, child abuse, inquiries, news by sally

‘Lawyers have called for more transparency from the national child abuse inquiry over the naming of the perpetrators after their identities were withheld from the public hearings.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2017

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Anonymity – London Review of Books

‘Anonymous and pseudonymous publication has a long history. It may now be the exception in literary and specialist journalism, but at the start of the 19th century it was pretty much the rule – to the extent that France in 1850 legislated to forbid the publication of unsigned articles on philosophical, political and religious subjects. A new book by Eric Barendt, Anonymous Speech: Literature, Law and Politics (Hart, £25), traces the contemporaneous voluntary abandonment of anonymity in England and the often pompous arguments that accompanied it. The fact was that journals’ recruitment of well-known writers – Thackeray, Dickens – was starting to put a premium on names. So when the Fortnightly Review started up in 1865, it announced that all its articles would be signed and free of editorial pressure. By contrast, from its foundation in 1913 the New Statesman anonymised its contributors, though the editor, having explained that this was necessary in order to establish a common style and tone, couldn’t resist announcing that Sidney Webb and Bernard Shaw would be writing for it. In 1925 the Spectator, after not quite a hundred years of unsigned articles, abandoned anonymity, and the New Statesman followed. Articles in the TLS remained anonymous until 1974, and obituaries in the Times and Telegraph are unsigned to this day. So are the entirety of the Economist and the bulk of Private Eye.’

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London Review of Books, 19th January 2017

Source: www.lrb.co.uk

Edlington boy torturer ‘now a different person’ – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2016 in anonymity, children, grievous bodily harm, news, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘One of two teenage brothers who tortured two boys in South Yorkshire told a judge he was now “the opposite of that person who did the crimes”.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2016

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Judge grants lifelong anonymity to brothers who tortured two boys – The Guardian

Posted December 9th, 2016 in anonymity, news, torture, young offenders by sally

‘Two brothers who beat and tortured another pair of boys when they were aged 10 and 11 will remain anonymous for the rest of their lives, a court ruled on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 9th December 2016

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Naming your Abusers – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 24th, 2016 in anonymity, human rights, local government, news, privacy, sexual offences by tracey

‘Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2016] EWHC 2864 (QB).The right of a claimant to name the people who abused her prevailed over the rights of the perpetrators and others to private and family life.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd November 2016

Source: www.ukhumanrightsblog.com

Man jailed for harassing Adam Johnson’s victim on Facebook – The Guardian

Posted November 9th, 2016 in anonymity, harassment, news, sentencing, victims by sally

‘The former partner of Adam Johnson’s sister has been jailed for 16 weeks for harassing the ex-England footballer’s child sex victim in a series of Facebook posts. A judge found that Steven Knox, 30, from Sunderland, caused the 15-year-old alarm or distress by posting photos of her online and urging others to share them after Johnson was convicted of sexual activity with her.’

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The Guardian, 8th November 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Sardar (Anis Abid) – WLR Daily

Posted November 8th, 2016 in anonymity, appeals, conspiracy, disclosure, evidence, explosives, law reports, murder, witnesses by sally

Regina v Sardar (Anis Abid) [2016] EWCA Crim 1616

‘The defendant was charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and, as an alternative count, conspiracy to cause an explosion. It was the Crown’s case that the defendant had been directly involved in the construction and/or deployment of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), one of which had caused the death of an American soldier near Baghdad in September 2007. The defendant’s case was that he had been acting in lawful and proportionate defence of Sunni communities who were under threat from Shia militia; his fingerprints had been found on two of the bombs, although not the one which had resulted in the fatal explosion. The defendant was convicted of murder and conspiracy to murder; no verdict was sought on the alternative count of conspiracy to cause an explosion. He appealed against conviction on the ground, inter alia, of fresh evidence from two anonymous witnesses (C and D) who were now available to give evidence as to the frequency and quality of attacks by the Shia militia on the Sunni communities and the need for the Sunnis to act in self-defence. C and D were prepared to disclose their identities to the court and, within a strict “confidentiality ring”, to counsel for the Crown, the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer and two senior investigating officers with undertakings that there should be no further disclosure to anyone. However, the Crown was not prepared to give such undertakings. The defendant applied for an order under section 87(3) of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (which required the defendant to inform the court and the prosecutor of the identity of the witness) for anonymity measures to be put in place. It was submitted that although the “prosecutor” had to be informed, that did not necessarily envisage disclosure beyond the person of the prosecutor.’

WLR Daily, 18th October 2016

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Four men given lifelong anonymity amid fears of jigsaw identification of child – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 8th, 2016 in anonymity, children, injunctions, news, reporting restrictions, sexual offences by sally

‘Four men who were the subject of interim injunctions over suspected child sexual exploitation should have their anonymity protected for life after no action was taken against them, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd November 2016

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Rape suspects to lose right to know accuser’s identity under new bill – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2016 in anonymity, bills, disclosure, news, rape, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Rape suspects will lose the right to be told the names of their accusers in stranger cases under a move to change the law on sexual assaults. Campaigners claim victims of serious sexual crimes by strangers are frequently put in unnecessary danger by police officers disclosing the name of the accuser to the accused.’

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The Guardian, 27th October 2016

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Newspapers warned of heavy fines if they identify sex case victims – The Guardian

Posted October 12th, 2016 in anonymity, disclosure, fines, media, news, victims by tracey

‘Media lawyers have warned that the next national newspaper found guilty of identifying the alleged victim of a sexual assault is likely to face a six-figure penalty, following the latest case, which has resulted in an £80,000 fine for the Telegraph.’

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The Guardian, 11th October 2016

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Third-party JR funders must be allowed anonymity – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 26th, 2016 in anonymity, judicial review, news, third parties by sally

‘Third-party funders in judicial review proceedings should be identified to defendants only in exceptional circumstances, the Law Society has said in response to government plans to require anyone contributing more than £3,000 to declare their identities.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th August 2016

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Rugby star accused of raping girl he met on Tinder cleared of all charges – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 10th, 2016 in anonymity, internet, news, rape, sexual offences, sport by tracey

‘A rising English rugby star, who was accused of raping a girl he met on the Tinder dating app, has been cleared by a jury in just over an hour.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th August 2016

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Pensions Ombudsman anonymity move will protect individuals, but could lead to vexatious claims, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 13th, 2016 in anonymity, complaints, news, ombudsmen, pensions, vexatious litigants by sally

‘The UK Pensions Ombudsman has begun publishing adjudicators’ opinions and formal ombudsman determinations on its website and will make the complainants anonymous in most cases.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 10th June 2016

Source: www.out-law.com

‘Revenge porn’ threats could be made a crime in England and Wales – The Guardian

‘The threat of circulating “revenge porn” would be criminalised and the evidence threshold lowered to bring England and Wales in line with Scottish law, under changes to be proposed by a former Lib Dem cabinet minister.’

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The Guardian, 11th June 2016

Source: www.guardian.co.uk