Monday, December 27, 2010

In Brief: Reporting Human Rights, or something...

Philip Lawrence is a convicted murderer who lives in the UK. The government attempted to deport him to his native Italy; a move which was blocked by a British court.

The Telegraph newspaper argued that this was indicative of problems in UK Human Rights law. However, the UK Human Rights Blog argues that the case was considerably more complicated than the Telegraph suggested, and "human rights" was not the central issue of the case.

Australian media is blighted by the same disease --- simplistic or just plain wrong reporting of legal issues.

(The blog also has other examples of incorrect reporting in the UK, if you care to browse.)

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