Arab Today, arab today news outlets urged to feedback on prosecution guidelines
Last Updated : GMT 23:54:50
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

News outlets urged to feedback on prosecution guidelines

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today News outlets urged to feedback on prosecution guidelines

London - Arabstoday

Director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer has called on media outlets to respond to a consultation over interim guidelines for prosecutors on cases involving journalists and how to consider any public interest. The guidelines, published in April, offer "clear advice to prosecutors who have been asked either for a charging decision or for early advice to the police or other investigators in these sensitive and difficult cases". Advice includes what prosecutors need to establish from the start in terms of rights, as well as five examples of "conduct which is capable of serving the public interest", including the disclosure of a criminal offence or that there has been a miscarriage of justice. Speaking to Journalism.co.uk today, Starmer said the guidelines were prompted by his evidence to the Leveson inquiry and by the "unprecedented situation" in light of the "number of cases involving journalists" being considered. "Although in the past it's been quite rare for us to have to consider prosecuting journalists, we're facing a different situation now. Currently we've got 50 individuals on bail in relation to the various investigations that the Metropolitan police are carrying out and sooner or later decisions will have to be made in most if not all of those cases. "So we find ourselves in an unprecedented situation of having to consider quite a number of cases involving journalists or those that have been working with them in some capacity." He added that the Crown Prosecution Service is "very, very keen to have responses" to the consultation, which closes on 10 July. "Amongst your readership will be people that may find these of great interest to the way that they work and the way they operate. To us it will be invaluable to have, from them, their views on whether they think these guidelines are workable and roughly get the balance right." He added that the guidelines have been structured so as to indicate specific consultation questions around "critical issues" as well as a general question at the end calling for any other issues to be raised. "This is something for anybody who engages in freedom of expression or imparting information and that's really important. "It applies to social media, to online reporting, and one of the things we have not done in the guidelines is to define journalists, because that's not easy to define and we didn't want to run into problems of definition. "This is going to apply to anybody really who is writing or commenting in whatever form." In reference to the public interest factor, he added that there is not a "clear and consistent public interest defence" across all offences journalists "can conceivably commit" in the course of their work. While he said the guidelines are not there to introduce a defence in these cases, they do aim to "make clear that the public interest is a relevant factor when we're taking a decision whether to prosecute or not". And this is "a good thing", he added, "because otherwise we'd have to prosecute each and every case whatever the merits in terms of public interest." Looking ahead he added that the guidelines will help to provide news outlets with the tools to make effective decisions in the future. "Once people appreciate where the line is between prosecuting and not prosecuting, I hope and I think that people will try to regulate their own working practices to make sure they're the right side of the line. "So on the one hand it's guidelines about how we all make individual decisions, but I think it will feed in to the general context of how should the media operate in a modern environment which is of course the big discussion going on at the Leveson inquiry." Journalism.co.uk .

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today news outlets urged to feedback on prosecution guidelines Arab Today, arab today news outlets urged to feedback on prosecution guidelines

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017

GMT 06:15 2017 Monday ,27 February

Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017
Arab Today, arab today 17.4 million tourists visit UAE in 2016

GMT 00:47 2017 Monday ,27 February

17.4 million tourists visit UAE in 2016
Arab Today, arab today Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career

GMT 06:07 2017 Monday ,27 February

Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career
Arab Today, arab today UN envoy sets out framework

GMT 07:25 2017 Monday ,27 February

UN envoy sets out framework
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 19:03 2017 Friday ,24 February

PJD Slams Assabah Newspaper over Allegations

GMT 15:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Information Minister delivers lecture at RCSC

GMT 14:13 2017 Thursday ,23 February

International media conference concludes

GMT 19:28 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

McCain criticizes Trump over continued media attacks

GMT 10:17 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

Dh56,000 of fines for illegal adverts around Abu Dhabi

GMT 15:27 2017 Monday ,20 February

Trump calls media ‘enemy of American people’
View News in Arabic - Media: آخر الأخبار
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Reasons for the delay 'On the Stairs of Servants'

GMT 06:42 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Reasons for the delay 'On the Stairs of Servants'
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 07:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 10:51 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Pigs with edited genes show resistance

GMT 14:04 2017 Friday ,24 February

Messi visit will contribute in tourism

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday