• Cliff Richard is right to seek anonymity for those accused of sex crimes | Simon Jenkins

    14 days ago - By The Guardian

    Naming the accused before they are formally charged breaches the rules of natural justice and has wrecked lives The injustice suffered by Cliff Richard in 2017 defied the maxim “words can never hurt you”. Anonymously accused of a sex crime, his good name was devastated by a publicity-seeking police force in collusion with a scoop-seeking BBC. Both later admitted fault and the BBC paid damages. Similar calumny was visited on other public figures, including the broadcaster Paul Gambaccini , former MP Harvey Proctor and assorted VIPs, their names apparently culled from the newspapers and...
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