Today's The Anniversary Of A Landmark Freedom Of The Press Case - RightsInfo: "The key consequence of the decision in Sunday Times v UK is that newspapers can publish stories on court cases where it is in the public interest for them to do so. On the other hand, it is also important that there should never be a ‘trial by newspaper’ or, now, trial by Google, Facebook or Twitter.
‘Trial by newspaper’ is the phrase used to describe the impact of television and media coverage on a person’s reputation before their trial in a court of law. It is important that this does not happen because it might look like the media coverage is able to affect the legal proceedings in some way, which could undermine the public’s confidence in the justice system.
It could also cause jury members or parties to legal proceedings to pre-judge the case, which potentially denies parties a fair trial." 'via Blog this'