Attorney General lifts ‘chilling threat’ that could wipe Press archives

Attorney General lifts ‘chilling threat’ that could wipe Press archives: Plans to force newspapers to delete stories about people who face trial are abandoned 

Ministers last night abandoned plans that could have created a ‘black hole’ in history by forcing newspapers to delete details of criminal convictions from their online archives.

In a victory for freedom of expression, Attorney General Dominic Grieve said the government had listened to the concerns of media groups and the Society of Editors that the move could have a ‘chilling effect’.

The controversy stemmed from new rules which are designed to stop jurors from hunting for facts about a case outside the courtroom.

In future, it will become a specific offence for a member of a jury to conduct online research, punishable with a prison term.

But Mr Grieve was also seeking a new power to issue a so-called ‘take-down’ order to UK newspapers.

Source: Daily Mail

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