2017-05-14 18:46:37 UTC
I've not paid too much attention before because it never occurred to me
it might be relevant, but I'm sure I've seen BBC TV reports from
courtroom steps about ongoing cases and even people interviewed there. I
must have been mistaken because it seems doing this is illegal, but I do
have persistent memories, not only of interviews outside courtrooms but
also of reporters chasing police vans outside courtrooms in high profile
cases and trying to film the defendants inside.
It's now reported that this activity is in fact illegal and people are
arrested and jailed for it so my memory must be faulty. Is this really
the case or is it possible my memories are correct and this is a new law:
Something else of interest about being arrested for filming on courtroom
steps is the timing of the arrest. Is it usual for the police to bang on
doors at 04.00 am and arrest people? Do the police give time for people
knocked out of their beds at four in the morning time to get dressed
before hauling them off to the cells? What if their children are
frightened and crying after being woken up by the police banging on doors
in the middle of the night, are the people being arrested allowed to take
time to comfort them?
It would be of interest if someone with better knowledge of the law than
I have could explain.