School of Law

Professor Robin Callender Smith discusses Sir Cliff Richard v BBC case in The Conversation

20 July 2018

Robin Callender Smith, Visiting Professor of Media Law at Queen Mary, had an article published in The Conversation about the Sir Cliff Richard v BBC case where he questions how far privacy rights extend in respect of the pre-charge stage of a police investigation. He writes: “Following Mr Justice Mann’s judgment, to stay on the right side of this privacy gulf, the media must now wait until someone is arrested. Doubtless the arguments will continue that even that goes too far and that identification in such cases should only take place after they are charged or a full trial and conviction.” Read the full piece.