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Anorak | The McCanns And Section 97 of the Children Act 1989

The McCanns And Section 97 of the Children Act 1989

by | 12th, August 2008

MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann , Kate McCann and Gerry McCann

Carmen writes: “This decision may well bite the McCann’s on the bum one day…”

A failed private prosecution over an alleged breach of Section 97 of the Children Act 1989 had a curious outcome.

Section 97(2) prohibits publication of any material which is intended, or likely, to identify any child as being involved in proceedings under the Children Act.

A mother involved in such proceedings in relation to her child took part in a protest by campaign group Fathers 4 Justice in front of TV cameras and was named in a subsequent report in the Daily Mail.

She began private prosecutions against editor Paul Dacre and Mail owners Associated Newspapers, claiming the report was likely to identify her child contrary to Section 97(2), but the case was quashed by

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