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Trial by Media: The Fair Trial Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK Press

Yvonne McDermott Rees Orcid Logo

Human Rights in the Media: Fear and Fetish, Pages: 157 - 177

Swansea University Author: Yvonne McDermott Rees Orcid Logo

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This chapter examines how the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on Article 6 of the Convention (the right to a fair trial) has been depicted in the UK media. Through an analysis of contemporaneous press coverage of numerous leading cases against the UK for alleged breaches of Article 6,...

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Published in: Human Rights in the Media: Fear and Fetish
ISBN: 9781138645813
Published: London Routledge 2019
URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa35257
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Abstract: This chapter examines how the case law of the European Court of Human Rights on Article 6 of the Convention (the right to a fair trial) has been depicted in the UK media. Through an analysis of contemporaneous press coverage of numerous leading cases against the UK for alleged breaches of Article 6, it finds a remarkable difference in treatment of such cases. It appears that the nature of the claimant, and whether that can be used to perpetuate ideas of the Convention as a ‘villains’ charter’, is a better predictor of press coverage than the potential impact of the decision on cherished principles of common law criminal procedure.
College: Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law
Start Page: 157
End Page: 177