Barry George – commit this name to your memory! December 16, 2009Posted by N.C.OnlineTraining in Uncategorized.
Falsely convicted for the murder of Jill Dando in 2001, Barry George was acquitted back in August 2008 and after clearing his name through an appeal through the courts, George began his onslaught on the newspapers who wrongly accused him of being a stalker and responsible for Dando’s death. The phrase innocent until proven guilty was not one that was prevalent in the minds of the journalists who reported the case.
Today, George won a huge libel battle against The Sun and News of the World and was awarded an undisclosed sum for the damage these papers had done to his reputation. How much is an undisclosed sum? Put it this way, if it’s below a couple of million it wouldn’t have been undisclosed…
Fantastic example of contemporary media regulation which raises a number of questions. Should the media have handled the case more carefully prior to the original sentencing? Will George be able to regain any kind of “normal” life? Read more about this story here.