Anonymity (Arrested Persons) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:34 am on 4th February 2011.

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Photo of Mike Freer Mike Freer Conservative, Finchley and Golders Green 10:34 am, 4th February 2011

I am not a lawyer, so I do not profess to know the technicalities of the difference between information, gossip and libel, but can my hon. Friend confirm that the written media carry much more weight than the internet?

My hon. Friend Philip Davies mentioned libel, but often, the points that are reported are facts. The gentleman in Bristol was gay, he was eccentric and he was a teacher, but it is the insinuation that is wrapped around such facts that causes the damage. That gentleman was referred to as a teacher at a school, within a mile of which a murder had taken place several years previously. All that is factual, but the insinuation that the media wrap around such facts causes the damage that needs to be controlled.