Convicted Serial Rapist Goes To Court To Forbid Newspapers From Reporting On His Whereabouts
from the news-is-news... dept
Since then, various newspapers have been reporting regularly on his whereabouts. Here's an example: Serial rapist Murray is spotted in popular seaside resort. However, Murray is annoyed by this. So he's gone to court to ask that newspapers not be allowed to report on his whereabouts:
[Murray] says he cannot live anywhere because as soon as he moves, newspapers reveal his address and print pictures of him....What amazes me is that the court is even considering this. Getting an injunction that prevents a newspaper from reporting on facts -- no matter how damaging those facts may be -- seems wrong. Yes, it may suck for Mr. Murray, but it's difficult to have sympathy for him. While I do have some concerns about the way certain sex offender list laws are structured, this is different. It seems like it is, in fact, newsworthy when someone with a record like Mr. Murray's moves into a certain area -- and barring publication of that fact seems like a dangerous precedent to set when it comes to press freedom.
He is claiming damages for for mental pain, distress and anguish caused by interference with his rights to privacy and to maintain a permanent dwelling as protected by the Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.