Hirst v Secretary of State for the Home Department: Admn 22 Mar 2002

The applicant, a prisoner challenged the uniform ban on contact by prisoners with the media by telephone, arguing that it infringed his Article 10 rights.
Held: Restricting telephone contact with the media was not part of imprisonment. A democratic society need not seek to prevent prisoners from expressing their views directly to the media about grievances or concerns they had about issues affecting them. The policy insofar as it was imposed universally was unlawful.
Mr Justice Elias
Times 10-Apr-2002, Gazette 10-May-2002, [2002] EWHC 602 (Admin), [2002] 1 WLR 2929
Prison Service Order 4400 6.10, European Convention on Human Rights Art 10
England and Wales
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CitedNilsen, Regina (on the Application of) v Governor of HMP Full Sutton and Another Admn 19-Dec-2003
The prisoner complained that having written an autobiography, the manuscript materials had been withheld, and that this interfered with his rights of freedom of expression.
Held: Such an action by the prison authorities was not incompatible . .

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