A busy week on radio & TV for Clive Coleman, one of Speakers Corner's favourite after dinner speakers

15 June 2009

Amusing and erudite after dinner speaker, Clive Coleman, is presenting a BBC1 Panorma programme tonight, entitled 'The Death of Kiss & Tell' .  It examines the rapid growth of our privacy law and the threat it poses to freedom of expression.  The programme looks ahead to November's High Court privacy case brought by footballer Ashley Cole and questions whether cases won by Naomi Campbell and Max Mosley have rolled back press freedom in respect of both kiss and tell, and serious investigative journalism.

The programme includes interviews with Max Mosley, Ian Hislop, Alan Rusbridger (Editor The Guardian), Colin Myler (Editor News of the World), Pete Docherty, Jason Donovan, Barbara Windsor, Mariella Frostrup , Naomi Campbell's lawyer Gideon Benaim, Ashley Cole's lawyer Graham Shear. Additional contributions come from Sir Simon Jenkins , David Yelland, and Matthew Parris .

And on Tuesday 16th June at 4pm, Law in Action  returns for a new series of four programmes on BBC Radio 4, and there will be a repeat on Thursday evenings at 8 pm.  In the first programme Clive examines the highly divisive issue of what is the right age to hold children responsible for their criminal acts?  With a spate of violent crime being committed by seemingly ever younger people, the question has never been more difficult to answer or more important.

Scotland¹s plans to raise its age from eight to twelve will leave England, Wales and Northern Ireland with the lowest age of criminal responsibility in Europe, at just ten.  In Spain it¹s sixteen, in Belgium eighteen.  So, should the rest of the UK follow Scotland?  Or perhaps raise the age even higher?

Clive also presented Pick of the Week  yesterday on Radio 4.  If you missed the programe, you can listen to it at http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/programmes/law_in_action/default.stm

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