Jun 182009
 June 18, 2009  Non-U.S.

A reporting restriction imposed by the House of Lords which prohibited the identification of a man acquitted of a rape who was now believed to have committed the crime has been lifted after a challenge by the BBC.

The House of Lords held that the corporation’s right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights outweighed the rights of the suspect, referred to only as D.

D was granted anonymity when a legal point involved in the case was referred to the House of Lords by the Attorney General – had this not happened, he would have been entitled to no greater protection than any other person who had faced a trial for rape, the Law Lords held.

Read more in Press Gazette.

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