Thursday, January 24, 2013
Child pornography offender seeks to keep identity secret
"A man jailed for child pornography offences is at severe risk of suicide if he is named publicly, the High Court in Belfast has heard. As he sought to ban the media from revealing his identity, a judge was told the level of threat had been assessed as “immense”.
A lawyer for a court reporter defending the proceedings warned of the potential consequences for open justice.
Convicted paedophiles [sic] and murderers could also try to stop their details being disclosed if anonymity was granted, the defence claimed."
Saturday 26 January 2013
Child porn offender cannot be identified
"A MAN jailed for child porn offences cannot be identified because publicity could lead him to commit suicide, a High Court judge ruled yesterday.
In an unprecedented case he was granted an injunction based on medical evidence which established the risk to be real and immediate.
A judge held that the right to life completely trumped any freedom of expression rights of the press."