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Sir Cliff Richard wins BBC privacy battle. Barrister David Malone comments on privacy ruling in Cliff Richards Judgement that could have substantial impact on future media coverage of criminal cases

19. Jul 2018

The Guardian

Media experts alarmed at consequences of Cliff Richard ruling
Privacy ruling could have substantial impact on future media coverage of criminal cases

When he emerged from court on Wednesday after a judge ruled in his favour in one of the most carefully watched media law cases of the year, Sir Cliff Richard declared himself delighted at what he saw as a vital victory over the BBC…

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The Law Society Gazzette

Sir Cliff Richard has won a privacy case against the BBC over its ‘somewhat sensationalist’ coverage of a police raid of his home. The entertainer was awarded £210,000 in damages in a High Court ruling this morning.

Richard, who sued both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police, claimed the BBC’s reporting of the 2014 raid was a ’serious invasion’ of privacy. He was never arrested or charged over the alleged offences.

Handing down his judgment in Sir Cliff Richard v BBC and South Yorkshire Police, Mr Justice Mann said: ‘I have found that this was a serious infringement of Sir Cliff’s privacy rights, in terms of what was disclosed, in terms of the manner of disclosure and in terms of the effect on Sir Cliff.’

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