Robert Clark was recently interviewed by the South China Morning Post in regards to contempt of court issues relating to the Rurik Jutting case, a story that has grabbed headlines worldwide.
Discussing media restrictions in Hong Kong surrounding court reporting, Robert said: “The bizarre nature of our laws is that there is a lot of freedom, and people pay no attention to contempt at the arrest and charge stage of the proceedings.”
When committal proceedings – which decide whether there is sufficient evidence to require the defendant to stand trial – begin however, the restrictions come into force and all but the most careless publications stick to reporting only that which is revealed in court. “The law could be updated and clarified and made more certain for all concerned,” Robert said. “Particularly this anomaly between freedom to report anything pre-charge and pre-committal and the very, very restrictive situation afterwards.”
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