B1467 – Prohibition of Media Identification of Suspects Bill 2019Watch
£7000 cap on damages seems rather low
That would work if the press were a state institution and not a private one - the arms of the state should presume innocence, private organisations and individuals should be able to express any opinion that they wish.
And so due to being private entities they should be able to destroy the reputation of an innocent person thereby doing them great harm?
If the innocent person doesn’t like it they can use the existing civil procedure of suing for libel.
And those who are unaware or unable to do so? It means that the harm principle only applies to those with the means to seek damages, and even then the harm exists. Further, given you believe in absolute free speech surely the ability to sue for libel is a great affront as it infringes upon the rights of people to make libelous comments.
I believe suspects identity should remain anonymous until convicted. Current laws put potential innocent individuals lives in jeopardy by releasing private information about them.
Freedom of the press does not override my belief in innocent until proven guilty.
A fantastic bill from one of our lesser known MP's i might add.