Police are requesting “on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service” that magazine vendors refrain from selling today’s edition of Private Eye. This afternoon two plain clothes policemen asked this vendor working outside Farringdon Station to take down this week’s Eye. When the vendor, who does not wish to be named, asked them why, they said it was at the request of the CPS, specifically because of the cover featuring Rebekah Brooks. They showed identification. The vendor told the cops he would keep selling them unless they produced a court order. Chilling…
Down the road at the nearby Old Bailey potential jurors were asked if they were readers of Private Eye or Guido Fawkes during the selection process. If they answered affirmatively they were excused from jury service. Anyone else a little hacked off by all this?
UPDATE: Index on Censorship – the free speech campaign with offices near Farringdon Station – went to check for themselves:
The judge doesn’t find Private Eye amusing:
Judge tells jurors to ignore edition of Private Eye out today making 'bad taste' joke about Rebekah Brooks—
(@CourtNewsUK) October 29, 2013
Private Eye front cover has been brought to our attention, but AG has decided proceedings for a potential contempt of court aren't required—
Attorney General (@AGO_UK) October 29, 2013