UK Liberty

While I’m on the subject of free speech

Posted in freedom of speech by ukliberty on May 29, 2008

You may recall the issue of Undercover Mosque, a Channel 4 documentary, when West Midlands Police and the Crown Prosecution Service agreed to pay Channel 4 £100,000 from our wallets after their employees libelled the programme makers (good summary on Wikipedia) and reported them to Ofcom – despite (or because of?) the CPS itself advising that there was insufficient evidence to charge the makers with any offence.

I wondered after the recent court activity “if anyone will be held accountable”.

Nearly a year after the initial furore, six months after Ofcom uneqivocally rejected the claims about the programme, and two weeks after the settlement, this week’s Private Eye points out that CPS reviewing lawyer Bethan David and West Midlands Police Assistant Chief Constable Anil Patani (Security and Cohesion), two people at the forefront of this ridiculous ‘investigation’, continue to retain their positions.

I continue to wonder if anyone will be held accountable, and I also wonder what the total cost to the public purse was – not just the settlement, but the cost of the investigation and whether any complaints from the public kicked it off, or whether it was a public servant who thought it would be a good idea.

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