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Legal Challenge Over Media Access Won

(Posted on 16/06/23)

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Legal Challenge Over Media Access Won

A man who has claimed he is a victim of a miscarriage of justice has won a legal challenge against the UK government’s restrictive policy on prisoners’ access to the media. 

Mark Alexander has campaigned for more than eight years to have the Ministry of Justice allow for an investigative journalist to interview him and publish a documentary podcast on his case. 

This week at the High Court, Mr Justice Andrew Baker issued guidance as to how the policy should be correctly interpreted after journalists were repeatedly denied access to Mr Alexander. 

In a statement on his website, Mr Alexander said: "Today’s (16 June) ruling is an important milestone in the fight for an open, transparent and accountable justice system in which prisoners’ voices are heard; wrongful convictions can be properly scrutinised; and our free press is able to work without resistance or obfuscation from government.

"More needs to be done to address other systemic failings at the heart of our penal and justice system, but today at least marks a step in the right direction and will hopefully enable more recognition to be given to miscarriages of justice here in the UK.”

Mark Alexander was convicted of murdering his father in 2010. He has always maintained he is innocent.

If you want to find out more about the ruling visit the website Justice for Mark Alexander – A family's fight for their son's freedom (freemarkalexander.org)




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