Media win legal fight over Dale Farm footage

Media organisations have won a High Court battle over police orders to give up film of the evictions from the traveller site at Dale Farm in Essex. The police claimed they needed the footage from organisations like the BBC and BSkyB to pursue prosecutions.

Police said they were supporting court orders granted to Basildon Council. But the High Court said police had failed to make a sufficiently strong case and broadcasters viewed the orders as a “fishing expedition” for evidence. The BBC, Independent Television News, BSkyB, Channel 5, Hardcash Productions and freelance video journalist Jason Parkinson joined forces to oppose the orders.

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