Inappropriate Reporting During the Trial of Dale Cregan?

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Opinions, Political, Society, Uncategorized
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thumbnailHaving had the displeasure of discharging my public duty on the Juror’s bench twice now, I am aware of how the Judiciary reacts toward the inappropriate use of technology during on-going Trials. Moreover, the use of social networks during Trial’s has been widely reported on.

It has to be said that I was appalled at the way in which the BBC reporter, Andy Gill, conducted himself today during the current trial of Dale Cregan: on trial for the murder of the police women PC Fiona Bone and PC Nicola Hughes in Tameside, Manchester.

Gill had been using Twitter to report live from Cregan’s trial, quoting the legal teams verbatim; these “tweets” have been “re-tweeted” by BBC North West Tonight.

I feel this is wholly unacceptable, unprofessional, and a blatant contribution to undermining the Judicial system. Who is to say that individuals who could have a vested interest in the proceedings do not have access to this material being placed in the public domain.

The way in which the British Media reports such highly sensitive material is, in my opinion, appalling.

Is it any wonder so many cases are open to scrutiny?


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