In commenting on the ruling, Privacy and Media law partner Hanna Basha said that it is “an unpopular decision for the media”. She added that it is “a welcome decision for those suspected of crimes” as suspects who are subsequently not charged will “no longer have a reputational cloud hanging over their heads simply because of the investigation”. Hanna’s comments appeared in the FT.com, the Guardian and the Evening Standard on 16 February and on page 2 of the Financial Times on 17 February and are reproduced below with kind permission.
21 February 2022
Supreme Court privacy ruling to protect suspects in criminal investigations
The UK Supreme Court’s ruling in the ZXC v Bloomberg case means that suspects in the majority of criminal investigations have the right not to be named by media organisations until charges are brought.