When it comes to contempt of court ‘we are all publishers now’, says Eversheds

Andrew Terry, media expert at Eversheds, has commented following news that users of Twitter and Facebook will be warned about the dangers of committing contempt of court in new advisory notes from the UK attorney general.

Terry said: ‘We are all publishers now. And with that comes great responsibility. Recent examples have shown the power of social media to not only derail court proceedings, but also to devastate lives and livelihoods.

‘The fact that the attorney general is shining a light on these issues, and attracting significant media coverage, is very welcome.’

He added that we will need to wait and see whether advisory notices will actually be read and understood by those outside the traditional media, and even if they are, whether they will help to ‘curb reckless behaviour’.