Notorious criminals cashing-in on phone hacking compensation
Responsible department: Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Criminals who are notorious as a result of a heinous crimes should not be
allowed to receive damages from newspapers, or any journalists, over privacy
intrusions, like hacking phones or emails.
The media are not allowed to pay criminals for their stories, and by the
same token criminals should be barred from benefiting from the attention
focussed on them because of their offences.
Parliament must pass a law banning the payment of damages to a criminal in
such circumstance, and requiring any damages secured in this way to be
donated to a registered charity, nominated by the families of their victims.
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