V1467 – Prohibition of Media Identification of Suspects Bill 2019 (Second Reading) Watch

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V1467 – Prohibition of Media Identification of Suspects Bill 2019 (Second Reading), TSR Government
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Prevent media organisations from publicly identifying suspects of crimes prior to their conviction.

BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1(X)Definitions
(1) In this Act
(X) (a) ‘media organisations’ refers to a person or entity engaged in disseminating information to the general public through a newspaper, magazine, other publication, radio, television, cable television, online website, or other medium of mass communication.
(X) (b) ‘suspects of crimes’ refers to the investigation or arrest of an individual by the police, government or another agency.
(X) (c) ‘conviction’ refers to the formal declaration by the verdict of a jury or the decision of a judge in a court of law that someone is guilty of a criminal offence.
(2) All other terms, not explicitly defined, are to be defined as in existing legislation, notably the Defamation Act of 2013 and the Data Protection Act of 2018.

2(X)Enforcement
(1) It shall hereby be made illegal for media organisations to publicly release personal information regarding suspects of criminal offences who have not yet been convicted unless this information is officially and publicly released first by the following groups, at which point the media may publish the information provided by:
(X) (a) the Crown Prosecution Service, or
(X) (b) a police spokesperson, or
(X) (c) another governmental agency
(2) The violation of this Act shall result in the:
(X) (a) remuneration to the suspect as decided by a jury and/or judge in a court of law at a level deemed proportional to any financial loss, and other damages, or
(X) (b) the application of a financial penalty upon the publishing principle media organisation and/or the author of the release, as deemed conducive.

3(X)Citation and Commencement:
(1) This act extends to the whole of the United Kingdom.
(2) This act will come into force upon Royal Assent.
(3) This act may be cited as the Prohibition of Media Identification of Suspects Bill 2019.

Notes
The exposure of suspects firstly impedes the 'active' police investigation, which is in contempt of court under the Contempt of Court Act 1981. Secondly, the fierce competition of news outlets to break a story (especially involving well-known public figures) often infers that the suspect might be guilty and is thus defamatory.

For example, the widespread publication of Sir Cliff Richard being investigated over historical sexual abuse claims against him; after an investigation, the Crown Prosecution Service announced they would drop the charges.

For example, the arrest of a couple over December 2018's Gatwick airport drone attacks found them innocent after a day, despite their names, faces and addresses being publicly disclosed and leaving their reputations tarnished and vulnerable to revenge from furious travellers.


Changes for the Second Reading
Definitions have been brought in line with existing legislation; the extent of action has been amended (there is no defined limit to damages; the sentence for the author has been removed).

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Apologies Saracen's Fez, can my vote be changed to an aye?
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(1) It shall hereby be made illegal for media organisations to publicly release personal information regarding suspects of criminal offences who have not yet been convicted unless this information is officially and publicly released first by the following groups, at which point the media may publish the information provided by:
(X) (a) the Crown Prosecution Service, or
(X) (b) a police spokesperson, or
(X) (c) another governmental agency
And who decides whether the Crown Prosecution Service, a police spokesperson or 'another governmental agency' can release the information?

This would be reasonable if there was a procedure provided for publishing information in cases of public interest, but this is a badly-written bill and does not deserve to be on the statute books.

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I hereby withdraw my vote.
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Two postal Ayes have been added for seat 26 (Mountains8721) and seat 49 (Unown Uzer).
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no one even knows what this bill means - as proven in debates one and two. this is irresponsible government if i ever saw one.
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Two Ayes have been removed due to ineligible votes by 04MR17 and Mr T 999.
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The Ayes to the right: 31
The Noes to the left: 9
Abstentions: 6

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