A couple who were filmed from a police helicopter, having sex on their patio, should be regarded as victims of voyeurism and entitled to lifelong anonymity, warned the legal team prosecuting the officer who shot the footage. A local editor declined to publish screen grabs despite “lively debate” among colleagues. Read more
However, the judge in the case said it was for editors to decide whether they were actually victims of a sex offence, given they knew they were being filmed. Those who published would risk prosecution. The couple refused to give evidence, meaning they were not entitled to protection as witnesses in the case. Read more
Victims of sex abuse have anonymity for life, even if the abuse is not proved in court – unless they choose to go public. Very rarely, it does happen, but as The Argus newspaper says, it is delicate to negotiate and care must be taken to protect other people. Read more
People who allege they have been illegally forced into marriage will have lifelong anonymity from the moment of making the allegation under a new Bill, reports Press Gazette. Over-16s can waive their right in writing. Read more
Victims of crimes under the Modern Slavery Act 2015 now have the same right to lifelong anonymity as victims of alleged sex offences. This includes victims of alleged human trafficking crimes including child porn, illegal organ donation, forced prostitution, forced labour and domestic servitude, says the HoldTheFrontPage law column. Read more
Websites must quickly take down defamatory postings by users in order to protect against defamation claims, but a case involving a sex offender being exposed on Facebook shows the practice applies to other areas of the law, including privacy, says Cleland Thom of Press Gazette. Read more
An MP called for anonymity for men accused of rape after charges against him were dropped; but media law writer David Banks said in The Independent that it would be against open justice, and that publicity can bring out further victims and evidence.
The estranged wife of a paedophile should not have been mentioned in a Telegraph story about him, the PCC said in its final ruling. The paper did not make checks that would show they had separated (Press Gazette). Read more