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Respect for Contempt?: Keeping Speech Free and Trials Fair

23rd October 2008

In close partnership with the LSE Law Department and BBC College of Journalism, on the evening of the 23rd of October POLIS held a high profile public panel debate to discuss current issues in media law and practice regarding contempt. How far does adverse media publicity affect court outcomes? Is current media practice over-constrained by the law on contempt? Should the law be relaxed, or should oversight be increased? Maxine Mawhinney from BBC News 24 Chaired the Panel, with contributions from Joshua Rozenburg (Legal Affairs Editor, Daily Telegraph), Jonathan Kotler (US Attorney and USC Annenburg School of Journalism), Mark Haslam (partner, BCL Burton Copeland, and Nick Davies (Guardian, author of Flat Earth News).

This was followed by an invitation-only stakeholders' policy workshop on the 24th. A second stakeholders' forum, focused on the law of privacy, celebrity and investigative journalism will be held later in the year. To find out more about any of these events, please email us at polis@lse.ac.uk|

To read Polis Director Charlie Beckett's blog entry on the event, please visit www.charliebeckett.org|.