Anorak | How The Press Used And Abused Joanna Yeates

How The Press Used And Abused Joanna Yeates

by | 13th, May 2011

WITH interest we note that at the same time as the Sun is serialising Kate McCann’s book, it is facing contempt of court proceedings over their reports on Chris Jefferies , the man given the Full Murat in the story of Joanna Yeates’s murder.

As the BBC reports:

The High Court has granted the attorney general permission to bring a case against the publishers of the tabloids.

Mr Jefferies is thought to be taking legal action against various news organs that monstered him ( the Sun, Daily Mirror, Daily Mail, Daily Express and Daily Star ) and also taking legal action against the police, who went against the usual protocol of saying the man was helping us with our enquiries and named him as a suspect.

Mr Jefferies’ solicitors, London-based Stokoe Partnership, say:

“…in relation to a claim for false imprisonment, trespass and breach of the Human Rights Act 1998 against the Avon and Somerset Constabulary… Mr Jefferies has given notice of a claim to the Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Constabulary in relation to his arrest on 30th December 2010 and his subsequent detention in police custody. Mr Jefferies will not be making any statement about these claims at the present time.”

The allegation is that the papers created a “substantial risk” of seriously prejudicing a fair trial. In adopting Miss Yeates as their own pet cause – the Sun stuck its logo on her posters did the papers let her down?

In the race for news and sensation, the Star and Mirror even managed to get the victim’s name wrong . Haivng reeduiced her to “Jo”, they forget her  name was Joanna, creating front-page news on the search for “Joanne”.


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