Newspapers: Rigid Restriction in Britain

In the U.S. the possible conflict between a free press's right to report criminal proceedings and a defendant's right to an unprejudiced trial is still the subject of a lively debate. In Britain that conflict has already been resolved in favor of the defendant. Once a suspect has been arrested and charged with a crime, newspaper accounts are largely confined to testimony at his trial. Now the new Labor government has announced its intent to make the restrictions more rigid than ever.

Sipping Blood. The prospect can hardly be pleasing to Fleet Street; painful experience has long since taught...

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