← back to all news NMA responds to BBC announcement on Sir Cliff Richard Case Posted on Wednesday 15th August 2018   |   0 comments

Responding to the BBC’s announcement today (Wednesday 15 August) that it will not be appealing the judgment in the Sir Cliff Richard case, the News Media Association said: “This case has raised wide issues around the reporting of the criminal justice process which local and national news media do on behalf of the public.

“Given the broader consequences for press freedom, we are surprised that the BBC has decided not to appeal this decision. The NMA will now seek urgent meetings with the Government with the aim of ensuring that freedom of speech is not curtailed as a result of this judgment.

“Public confidence in the criminal justice system is underpinned by transparency at every stage of the process and anything which damages or limits this openness must be resisted.”

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