Cliff Richard
epa06896072 An emotional Sir Cliff Richard (R) makes a short statement to the press outside the High Court in London, Britain, 18 July 2018. Sir Richard has been awarded 210,000 British Pounds damages in his privacy battle against the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) over their coverage of a police raid of his home. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Sir Cliff Richard got quite emotional by hearing a positive judgment regarding his property privacy case. He won the case with a reward of £210,000 against BBC. BBC gave live coverage to the police raid in his home in 2016.

He was charged with a case of child sex assault. But Sir Cliff denied the charge all times and had never been arrested due to lack of any evidence or witness.

He has settled this issue with police earlier. Police condemned premises breach and paid him £400,000 without any court statement. But BBC didn’t show any response and published live coverage of Star’s home that they took via a helicopter.

Sir Cliff fired a legal case against BBC. Today was that lucky day when he won this case against BBC. Now, BBC has to pay Sir Cliff £210,000 on the order of the court. Well, BBC has a right to the case for another Judgment, and they opt to go for it.

Sir Cliff, 77, after hearing this judgment was very happy. He hugged his friends in a stunning manner. He said before this decision, he was “choked”. But after hearing this stamen, he became emotional and said. ‘I can’t believe it. It’s wonderful news.’

A huge strength of Cliff’s fans gathered outside the high court. They sang his hit song “congratulations” loudly. He joined his hands to say a humble thank you.

Finally, he got justice. The exact statement of the judge was.

Sir Cliff Richard Judgement

‘I find that Sir Cliff Richard had privacy rights in respect of the police investigation and that the BBC infringed those rights without a legal justification. ‘It did so in a serious way and also in a somewhat sensationalist way. I have rejected the BBC’s case that it was justified in reporting as it did under its rights to freedom of expression and freedom of the press.’ Mr. Justice Mann.

Mr. Justice Mann charged BBC with £20,000 for nominating the story of Mr. Cliff for “Scoop of the year” at a television ward show.

Now BBC has to pay this money. They reserved a right to claim for another judgment. But it will add a question mark to press freedom. This case demonstrates that live coverage of a property is not allowed for any sort of police investigation.

After Judgment. A huge crowd of media was waiting outside the high court. Pop star’s lawyer read the written statement of the judge.  Press noted each and every word precisely. By listening to this news fans of Sir Cliff shouted loudly and sung his one of the famous hits “congratulations”. Well, Tuesday was an incredible day for Sir Cliff.

Let’s talk about the other side. BBC’s director and head of all affairs declared this judgment as a”dramatic shift” for press liberty.

Her words are

‘We are sorry for the distress that Sir Cliff Richard has been through. This serious impact that this has had on him.

‘Our long and hard thoughts about how we covered this story. On reflection there are things we would have done differently, however, the judge has ruled that the very naming of Sir Cliff was unlawful.

‘So even had the BBC not used helicopter shots or ran the story with less prominence, the Judge would still have found that the story was unlawful; despite ruling that what we broadcast about the search was accurate.’ ‘This judgment creates new case law and represents a dramatic shift against press freedom and the long-standing ability of journalists to report on police investigations, which in some cases has led to further complainants coming forward. ‘This impacts not just the BBC, but every media organisation. ‘This isn’t just about reporting on individuals. It means police investigations, and searches of people’s homes could go unreported and unscrutinised. This will make it harder to scrutinise the conduct of the police and we fear it will undermine the wider principle of the public’s right to know. It will put decision-making in the hands of the police.

‘We don’t believe this is compatible with liberty and press freedoms; something that has been at the heart of this country for generations.

‘For all of these reasons, there is a significant principle at stake. That is why the BBC is looking at an appeal.’


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