America’s Number 1 Source For National Security Secrets

Is upholding a British court publication ban;

The New York Times said on Tuesday it had blocked British Internet readers from seeing a story detailing elements of the investigation into a suspected plot to blow up airliners between Britain and the United States.

The story was published in Monday’s paper. Under British laws, courts will punish media organizations that publish material that judges feel may influence jurors and prevent suspects receiving a fair trial.

“There has not been a prosecution for contempt over anybody publishing outside this jurisdiction (Britain), but logically there is no reason why there should not be,” said Caroline Kean, partner at UK media law firm Wiggin.

While restricting what British media can report has been effective in the past, the Internet has made it far harder to stop information published by foreign outlets, which may breach Britain’s laws, from being seen by UK readers.

Because there’s no higher responsibility for today’s American journalism than that of ensuring a foreign accused terrorist gets a fair trial…. except for ensuring they first get a fair warning.

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Comments

  1. Anderson says:

    Because there’s no higher responsibility for today’s American journalism than that of ensuring a foreign accused terrorist gets a fair trial

    You’re saying that on the basis of the NYT’s complying with BRITISH LAW?

    Don’t be a jerk, okay?

  2. Kate says:

    Nothing gets past you, eh?

  3. Anderson,

    There are a few laws on the US books about not revealing US secrets. But apparently the NYT can’t be bothered to obey those laws. But by golly a UK law that calls for them to censor the news because it might “jurors and prevent suspects receiving a fair trial” is one they want to obey.

    Just a hint. A lot of people think the right to defend the US from people who want to kill Americans is an important right, even more important than terrorists rights to a fair trial when they are caught trying to kill innocent civilians.