Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 27 December 2014

Man loses battle over privacy laws

Appeal court judges have rejected an appeal brought over privacy laws
Appeal court judges have rejected an appeal brought over privacy laws

A man suspected of child sex abuse who was arrested but faced no charge has lost his battle in the Court of Appeal to use privacy laws to stop the press and media naming him.

Lawyers for the man, who can only be identified as PNM, challenged a High Court ruling by Mr Justice Tugendhat last October dismissing his application for a privacy injunction, also known as a non-disclosure order.

Today three appeal judges unanimously agreed the High Court judge "reached a conclusion he was entitled to on the facts" and dismissed the appeal.

The case is being regarded as of wide importance because it concerns the balancing of individual rights against the principle of open justice.

PNM, who lives in the Oxfordshire area, is now expected to attempt to take his case to the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land, for a final ruling. Meanwhile journalists remain banned from naming him.

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