The swift disposal of my application by the European Court of Human Rights was a huge blow. I was hoping that the matter would at least be heard and that I would finally be able to understand why I lost. My application was based on a genuine legal dispute with the BBC and I had exhausted every available judicial remedy in the UK. Continue reading

Out of Africa

A British  judge suggests, quite fairly, that my views about public service broadcasting have been influenced by my exposure to apartheid in South Africa. It’s hard to tell whether I’d be more complacent if I was English. But I do think the right to freedom of thought and conscience is the discotheque of democracy. And so Maistry v UK has been a disappointing one- night stand. Continue reading