Eversheds comment: When it comes to contempt of court, we’re all publishers now
9 December 2013
On news that users of Twitter and Facebook will be warned about the dangers of committing contempt of court in new advisory notes from the UK Attorney General, Andrew Terry, media expert at global law firm Eversheds, comments:
“We are all publishers now. And with that comes great responsibility. Recent examples have shown the power of social media to not only derail court proceedings, but also to devastate lives and livelihoods. The fact that the Attorney General is shining a light on these issues, and attracting significant media coverage, is very welcome.
“We will need to wait and see whether advisory notices will actually be read and understood by those outside the traditional media. And even if they are, whether they help to curb reckless behaviour.”
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