Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Media Loses Effort to Block Turnover of Pro-Hunt Rally Materials

The Guardian, ITV, Reuters and other media outlets lost their appeal to keep hold of photographs, tapes and other materials related to the 2004 pro-hunt rally in Parliament Square, which resulted in allegations of police violence against demonstrators. In order to investigate the allegations, John Cummins of the Independent Police Complaints Commission, had requested the materials. But Andrew Nicol, representing the media, maintained that Cummins did not have adequate authority under the relevant statute to make such a sweeping request. However, the ruling of the judge in the case has been upheld, and Mr. Nicol's further request for judicial review has been denied. See the Media Guardian's coverage here. See more about the 2004 rally and fox-hunting here. See more about the Independent Police Complaints Commission here.

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