Latest Issue

Trial by publicity

The former newspaper owner and founder of Today, who was recently acquitted of sex offences against a minor, argues for granting anonymity to defendants

By Eddy Shah  
Eddy Shah was accused of rape

Eddy Shah was accused of rape Actor Michael Le Vell and I faced similar charges, and were cleared of any wrongdoing. Those were the headlines; yesterday’s newspapers that now wrap the fish and chips on a Saturday night. But the reverberations run on, because the lives that have been ruined by these unsubstantiated accusations still have to be lived out openly in the public eye.

Le Vell’s story and mine have considerable similarities.…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect