Media lawyer Chris Hutchings
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Jo Yeates killing: Why papers were fined over stories

Two newspapers have been fined by the High Court over their reporting of the investigation into the murder of landscape architect Jo Yeates.

The Daily Mirror was fined £50,000 and the Sun £18,000 for being in contempt of court by "vilifying" an early suspect, Christopher Jefferies.

Mr Jefferies, who was innocent, also accepted an apology and "substantial" libel damages from eight newspapers.

Media lawyer Chris Hutchings told the BBC: "The contempt of court act is very clear".

"Describing Mr Jeff as 'Hannibal Lecter' and 'creepy', those sort of adjectives, the character assassination, as the attorney general called it, cannot be permitted."

  • 30 Jul 2011
  • From the section UK
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