DOUBLE STANDARDS: Paper Fined For Contempt Of Court While Tommy Imprisoned
The Scottish Daily Record was fined £80,000 for what was described as two serious contempt of court offences in 2017.
The newspaper published two pieces detailing information about a suspect’s criminal history, as well as pictures of various suspects in a trail.
The paper even published material which could have featured in the trial.
However, Tommy Robinson – who only published one report rather than two and did not reveal the criminal history of any suspects – was sentenced to 13 months in prison.
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Lady Dorrian, the Lord Justice Clerk, said that the stories about two men, known only as A and B due to reporting restrictions, were published both in the print and online publications of the Scottish Daily Record.
The report about A was published on 11th February last year and the story about man B on 22nd May.
The judgement from the Court of Appeals was taken on October 4th last year but is understood to have only recently been published because of associated judicial proceedings.
Lady Dorrain said the “sensational” article featured pictures of A and even named him.
She said: “It associated him with drug trafficking and dealing and with a number of shootings of members of organised crime,” she went on.
“It used phrases such as ‘gang boss’, ‘cocaine kingpin’ and ‘cocaine baron’, and suggested that he had been ‘involved in a violent turf war with rival gangsters’.
“The article contained details of the allegations against him that may form part of the evidence at any future trial, and referred to the recovery of a ‘fearsome arsenal’ and ‘horrific array’ of weapons and money.
“In addition, it revealed detailed information about his criminal history, including previous convictions and prison sentences.
“It referred to other live proceedings against him, suggesting that he had gone into hiding in connection therewith and describing him as ‘one of Scotland’s most wanted men’.”