Law: A Scandal Too Long Concealed

Human rights court rebukes England for gagging the press

The idea that individuals have rights that government should not infringe was an article of faith with "freeborn Englishmen" as far back as 1215, when a group of barons sat King John down to sign the Magna Carta. So there was considerable irony in the fact that an international court, born out of the Holocaust to prevent the rise of another Nazi Germany, solemnly declared last week that Great Britain had failed a basic test of human rights. Free expression, ruled the 20-judge European Court...

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