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