ITN Wins Dale Farm Production Order Judical Review

ITN, along with the BBC, Sky, Hardcash Productions and the NUJ, has this morning won a judicial review at the High Court to overturn a decision by Chelmsford Crown Court to grant a wide-ranging production order to hand over unbroadcast footage from the Dale Farm evictions to Essex Police.

The judgment was handed down by Mr Justice Eady and Lord Justice Moses at Royal Courts of Justice.

In response to the ruling, John Hardie, CEO of ITN, said:

“This landmark decision is a legal recognition of the separate roles of the police and independent news organisations. We fought this case on a matter of principle – to ensure that journalists and cameramen are not seen as agents of the state and to protect the safety of our staff .The requests from Essex Police didn’t relate to specific incidents of serious criminality and amounted to no more than a ‘fishing expedition’ to see what footage ITN and other news organisations held on the Dale Farm evictions. We hope that this decision will lead to fewer requests from police for unbroadcast footage of demonstrations and public disorder and rein in what has become an increasingly worrying trend.”

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