Martin Bright In The New Statesman On Mr Justice Aikens' Gagging Order
Most of us are now aware of the gagging order imposed on the media by Mr Justice Aikens, the judge presiding over the secret trial of David Keogh and Leo O'Connor who were convicted for attempting to leak the al Jazeera memo. Today in the New Statesman, Martin Bright offers his opinion on what senior journalists should do if the appeal against this outrageous judgement fails.
The conditions of this order should be unacceptable to any journalist who cares about the freedom of the press in this country. It is my belief that, should the appeal fail, senior journalists associated with the case should combine to breach the order as an act of civil disobedience.
Let's hope that the journalists will find the courage to do so. We'll be happy to help.