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Monday, July 30, 2007

House of Lords Affirms Daily Mirror Journalist's Right to Keep Source Confidential After Eight Year Battle

The House of Lords has denied the Mersey Care NHS Trust's request to appeal a lower court's ruling that it cannot obtain the name of a source on which Daily Mirror reporter Robin Ackroyd relied when writing a 1999 story about convicted "Moors Murderer" Ian Brady. Both the lower court and the Court of Appeal found that "no pressing social need" existed to require Mr. Ackroyd to reveal the name of the source. Here's a link to the lower court ruling; here's a link to the appellate court decision.

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