The day press freedoms received a devastating blow

It was an unseasonably warm sunny September day when three of Britain’s most senior judges filed into court to ­consider The Telegraph’s case to publish reports of a leading businessman’s alleged sexual harassment and racist abuse of employees. Desmond Browne QC, the former Bar Council chairman representing the newspaper, told the appeal court judges that the arguments went to the heart of an independent media’s right to inform the public about issues of legitimate public interest. The public, including prospective employees, had the right to know not just about alleged misconduct but also the way in which it is claimed senior managers of the companies had swept aside employees’ complaints. …

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