25 February 2013 - 3:40pm | posted by | 12 comments

Twitter users who posted pictures of Jon Venables and Robert Thompson to be pursued by Attorney General

Jon Venables and Robert Thompson when arrestedJon Venables and Robert Thompson when arrested

The Attorney General has today announced that it will instigate contempt proceedings against those who posted images purporting to be of Jamie Bulger's killers, Jon Venables and Robert Thompson, on social media.

In a statement, the Attorney General’s office said: “There is an injunction in place which prevents publication of any images or information purporting to identify anyone as Jon Venables or Robert Thompson. The terms of the order mean that if a picture claims to be of Venables or Thompson, even if it is not actually them, there will be a breach of the order.

“Providing details of the new identities of Venables and Thompson or their whereabouts is also prohibited – this order applies to material which is on the internet.

“There are many different images circulating online claiming to be of Venables or Thompson; potentially innocent individuals may be wrongly identified as being one of the two men and placed in danger. The order, and its enforcement, is therefore intended to protect not only Venables and Thompson but also those members of the public who have been incorrectly identified as being one of the two men.

“The injunction applies to both media organisations and individuals. Anyone who has posted material online which is in breach of the terms of the order should remove this material immediately. Breaches of the order may be a contempt of court punishable by a fine and/or imprisonment.”

It has been revealed that court orders are set to be served shortly, although at the moment, it is just known that the office will contact a ‘small number of individuals’.

This follows last week's announcement that Lord McAlpine will not sue those who libelled him on Twitter.

Comments

25 Feb 2013 - 20:02
thefi18340's picture

what about the ones they post of themselves?

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26 Feb 2013 - 11:16
mikebuk's picture

Will shut a lot of morons up. Courts now need to stop the media printing accused names before they even go to court.

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26 Feb 2013 - 12:23
amand12384's picture

How would the general public know if such a Court Order existed?

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27 Feb 2013 - 03:05
babeh17344's picture

should just let everyone know who they actually are because not only do people have twitter and facebooks accounts they have an outside life too. which means even without social networks people will judge!! and a man has already killed himself because of threats saying he was either venables or thompson

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28 Feb 2013 - 16:22
nyyht10585's picture

Isn't this news article in violation of the court order by posting the mug shots?

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4 Mar 2013 - 06:10
cooks21359's picture

What/who gives the UK Attorney General the right to tell anyone else in the world what they can or cannot do or say?

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4 Mar 2013 - 09:31
anneh12949's picture

why should those evil pair have any protection? Put them back in prison...Why should they have any kind of life? You can't imagine what that little boy went through because if you think about it - any normal person would find it too hard to even imagine. These two should be locked up and the key thrown away, no privileges, no days out to shop, no game consoles - just sheer hell - which is what they put that tiny innocent little baby boy through, anyone who defends these two evil creatures are just as bad as they are!

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7 Mar 2013 - 06:47
opd1219988's picture

Why doesn't the attorney general stop and think of the victim. What if the victim was his son? It's people like him that care more for the offenders than the victims. POS

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24 Mar 2013 - 03:31
GlenCubed

@opd1219988 Just have people outside the UK post the information on where to find them. As an American, I would tell your AG to go pound sand if he whined to me about that stupid law you people have. I would bet good money that the UK has spent far more money coddling this trash than they ever did seeking justince for the Bulger family. Liberalism at work, like always.

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9 Mar 2013 - 20:08
grace17177's picture

The bigger victims here are people such as the lady today who having seen the picture now realises she had a child with Venables. It is of utmost public interest that these pictures be shown.

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12 Mar 2013 - 11:08
becdicker9

How can I see theese pictures I need to

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15 Mar 2013 - 12:41
devor69086's picture

Why do these dirtbags have any rights? Especially the one who went on to distribute child porn.

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