Free Speech in UK Law

  • Reynolds v Times Newspapers Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 28 Oct 1999
    ...... appeal concerns the interaction between two fundamental rights: freedom of expression and protection of reputation. The context is newspaper ... for a wide qualified privilege at common law for 'political speech'. The judge ruled that publication of the article was not privileged. ......
  • R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Simms
    • House of Lords
    • 08 Jul 1999
    ...... 1 I have had the advantage of reading in draft the speech prepared by my noble and learned friend Lord Steyn. For the reasons which ...They rely on the right to free speech not in a general way but restricted to a very specific context: ......
  • Brown v Stott (Procurator Fiscal, Dunfermline)
    • Privy Council
    • 05 Dic 2000
    ...... has not sufficient means to pay for legal assistance, to be given it free when the interests of justice so require; ...Thus the principles of free speech and privacy may collide. They also realised only too well that a ......
  • Boyce et Al v R
    • Privy Council
    • 07 Jul 2004
    ...... was Chapter III, headed "Protection of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms of the Individual". This chapter began (in section 11) with a declaration ... been aware that they were invoking concepts of liberty such as free speech, fair trials and freedom from cruel punishments which went back to the ......
  • R v Secretary of State for the Home Department, ex parte Brind
    • House of Lords
    • 07 Feb 1991
    ...... of the power in question necessarily imposes some restriction on freedom of expression. The obligations of the United Kingdom, as a party to the ... the case, of which I gratefully adopt the full account given in the speech of my learned and noble friend Lord Ackner, I find it impossible to say ......
  • Re McKerr
    • House of Lords
    • 11 Mar 2004
    ...... about the appropriateness of the common law now fashioning a free standing positive obligation of this far reaching character. Such a ...Freedom from torture, freedom of religion, free speech, the prohibition of arbitrary detention, should all fall in that category. ......
  • Pro-Life Alliance v BBC
    • House of Lords
    • 15 May 2003
    ...... and regulatory background to the case is set out fully in the speeches of my noble and learned friends Lord Hoffmann and Lord Walker of .... . 6 Freedom of political speech is a freedom of the very highest importance in any ......
  • Campbell v MGN Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 06 May 2004
    ......The photographs of her attending a meeting were taken by a free lance photographer specifically employed by the newspaper to do the job. ... 47 The first development is generally associated with the speech of Lord Goff of Chieveley in Attorney-General v Guardian Newspapers Ltd ......
  • Broome v Cassell & Company Ltd
    • House of Lords
    • 23 Feb 1972
    ...... to question considered decisions in the upper tiers with the same freedom. Even this House, since it has taken freedom to review its own decisions, ...I will refer to the passage from Lord Devlin's speech in Rookes v. Barnard relating to the categories later for its proper ......
  • Hubbard v Pitt
    • Court of Appeal (Civil Division)
    • 13 May 1975
    ......Perryman (1891) 2 Ch. at page 284 : . . 25 "The right of free speech is one which it is for the public interest that individuals should ......
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