Times Newspapers Ltd v Secretary of State for the Home Department and AY: Admn 17 Oct 2008

The newspaper applied to challenge the protection of the identity of the defendant subject to a control order under the 2005 Act. It said that there was no basis for the making of the order without first considering the Human Rights need for open justice.
Held: The general purpose of the control order related to the need to manage it and for the protection of the person subject to the order and his family. Whilst an anonymity order should not be made automatically, that was a very long way from saying that an order should not be made at the permission stage. The court should give some short reasons for the order. ‘In Control Order cases, although the Article 8 rights of the individual and his family can be engaged as a consequence of publicity being given to the SSHD’s suspicion about his involvement in terrorism, that private right may readily co-exist with the public interest in the effective operation of the Control Order. It is a continuing measure to control those who may pose a serious risk but who cannot be prosecuted or removed. Its effectiveness is an essential part, potentially the crucial part, of the balance which is to be struck pursuant to the particular statutory powers in the PTA. It would be a mistake to suppose that the SSHD seeks anonymity for the Controlled Person essentially out of concern for his wellbeing.’
Ouseley J said: ‘Such public identification may lead to harassment of and the risk of violence to the individual and his family by groups or individuals. The individual may continue to live where he was living already, and may remain in his job which could be put at risk. A media thirst for detailed and accurate news, in the public interest, may generate persistent investigative reporting alongside highly intrusive watching and besetting. There may be a risk of disorder in any given local community. The knowledge that he is subject to a Control Order may conversely make him attractive to extremists in the area where he lives. It may make the provision of a range of services, including housing, to the individual or his family rather more difficult. If the individual believes that he faces these sorts of problems, he has a greater incentive to disappear, to live elsewhere in the UK or abroad. All of this can make monitoring and enforcement of the obligations more difficult, and increase significantly the call on the finite resources which the police or Security Service have to devote to monitoring the obligations. This all occurs in circumstances where the Secretary of State has been satisfied that serious criminal prosecution is not presently realistically possible, though not permanently excluded. There may therefore be an impact on other proceedings not yet underway.’

Ouseley J
[2008] EWHC 2455 (Admin)
Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005
England and Wales
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Inherent High Court power may restrain Publicity
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Updated: 09 November 2021; Ref: scu.277018