In response, she said: “We have had some high-profile instances where the media circus around a suspect who has not been charged has been devastating.”
Cliff Richard ultimately was awarded general damages of £210,000 in 2018 after a judge ruled that his right to privacy outweighed the BBC’s right to free expression.
She went on to say, “I think coverage of people prior to charge can be very, very damaging, particularly if the charges are not pursued or they’re dropped later on.”
However, Shadow Home Office Minister Jess Phillips cautioned that blanket bans on reporting could create unwelcome outcomes, noting that measures already exist to prevent reckless reporting.
Phillips said: “Victims’ charities are strongly against blanket restrictions as it can make it harder to get other victims to come forward in cases where there are serial offenders and harder to get justice as a result.”
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