In Craig Murray, Threats to journalism

Craig Murray (Screen shot from 2020 interview by Mohamed Elmaazi)

Whistleblower Craig Murray, who was convicted over blog posts and faces prison, has suffered a defeat at the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland.

By Mohamed Elmaazi

Published on the dissenter, June 9, 2021

In the United Kingdom, diplomat-turned whistleblower Craig Murray suffered a defeat at the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland on June 8, when three judges refused to grant him permission to appeal their earlier decision to convict him of contempt of court for his blog posts on the trial of former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond.

Murray plans to challenge the High Court’s refusal and seek permission from the UK’s Supreme Court for an appeal.

The three-judge panel determined in March that some of Murray’s reporting during Salmond’s trial could have resulted in certain members of the public indirectly being able to piece together the identities of protected witnesses in that case.

This is a process known as “jigsaw identification.”


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