Friday, August 14, 2009

An Inevitable Consequence Of The Human Rights Act

Misleading headline of the day: Mr Justice Eady on why judges need to create a privacy law. Link goes to the full text of a "speech [which] was delivered in February to the Intellectual Property Lawyers' Association and has been submitted in evidence to the House of Commons Culture Media and Sport committee."

What the judge said was:

It always seemed natural to me that if a law of individual privacy were to be adopted and enforced, that should be by way of the legislature. In fact it has happened at one remove as an inevitable consequence of the enactment of the Human Rights Act.

Via Justice Eady defends judge-made privacy law.

Posted because if Nick comes back to his libel law fixation, and the chances are very good that he will, I think it'll be useful for readers to know Mr Justice Eady's side.


Anonymous Al said...

Not strictly on-topic, but Conor Foley got in very quickly to comment on Nick's latest. I will simply quote in full his remarks:

" A good article. It is strange that having seen something like this, been moved by it and wanting to know the truth about what really happened, you could never apply the same standards of basic reporting and critical inquiry to so many other issues that you have written about like Darfur, Iraq and Afghanistan.

I think that if you had ever got anywhere near showing the basic human empathy on these issues as you manage here, you would have become a much better journalist and maybe even a reasonable human being."


8/16/2009 04:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Phil said...

That would be the comment that's been removed by a moderator...

8/16/2009 08:45:00 AM  

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